Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi announced Tuesday that she will sit out the 2015 WNBA season. Taurasi’s overseas club, UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia, offered the reigning Finals MVP a deal worth more than her WNBA salary to rest over the summer. In an open letter, Taurasi wrote that she will play for the Mercury in the 2016 WNBA campaign, but “the financial opportunity with my team in Russia would have been irresponsible to turn down.”

Here’s the entirety of Taurasi’s letter:

This is a letter to say I will see you in 2016.

 

I was raised in California, have lived all over the world, but most days Phoenix feels like home.

 

That’s one of the reasons writing this letter could be difficult—because it could be about saying I won’t see you in 2015. By now you have probably heard from the team that I won’t be playing for the Mercury this season, that I have made the choice to take the summer of 2015 off.

 

This decision isn’t a statement about the Mercury. I said it at our championship rally last September, but I want to repeat it here: the day I was drafted to the City of Phoenix and the Mercury organization was the luckiest of my life. Our team, our coaches and our organization include some of the best people in my life. And they deserve your support whether or not I’m there—because they are still going to be damn good.

 

The year-round nature of women’s basketball takes its toll and the financial opportunity with my team in Russia would have been irresponsible to turn down. They offered to pay me to rest and I’ve decided to take them up on it. I want to be able to take care of myself and my family when I am done playing.

 

Last year was one of the best basketball experiences of my life and it’s because of the path we took to get there, all that we as a team have been through since 2009’s confetti fell—all that you all went through with us. Those of you who were at our championship rally remember that I said bringing that trophy back to Phoenix was the best moment of my life so far. And I meant it.

 

But this isn’t a letter about all of that.

 

This letter is a thank you for your support, for making this team and this city my home.

 

This is a letter to say there is still more work to be done and more championships to be won.

 

This is a letter to say I will see you in 2016.