Storm removes Breanna Stewart from roster, WNBA hires her as ambassador in unprecedented move
The Storm temporarily severed ties with Breanna Stewart and placed its injured star on the suspended list before finalizing its 2019 roster Thursday afternoon.
Soon after, the WNBA hired the reigning MVP as an ambassador in a move that’s unprecedented in recent history.
Stewart is believed to be the first active player to serve in such a role and the four-year veteran will be compensated by the league in excess of her base salary, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The fourth-year veteran was expected to make $64,538 from the Storm, according to a database of WNBA salaries compiled by High Post Hoops.
WNBA teams, which must carry a minimum of 11 players and a maximum of 12, can not replace an injured players without releasing someone. The league abolished the injured list in 2005 and got rid of the two-person inactive list in 2008.
When Stewart underwent season-ending surgery on April 18 to repair a torn Achilles, it created a dilemma for the Storm.
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