The Mercury have instead signed Yvonne “Vonnie” Turner to a hardship contract to replace Taurasi the rest of the way.
The Phoenix Mercury has signed Yvonne “Vonnie” Turner to a hardship contract due to an injury suffered by Diana Taurasi. pic.twitter.com/1Avbds0zJ7
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) August 8, 2022
Taurasi last played in Phoenix’s loss to the Connecticut Sun last week, though she played just 11 minutes before going down with her quad injury. She hasn’t played since.
Taurasi, 40, has averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds so far this season, her 18th in the league.
The Mercury hold a 14-19 record headed into Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Lynx, though they’ve lost three of their last four. They are in eighth place in the league with three games remaining in the regular season, which would give them the final playoff spot.
It's unclear if Taurasi will return next season after her latest injury. The veteran has said she hasn't made a decision one way or another, but that she would figure it out this offseason. Either way, she said in July that she's "starting to feel closure."
"When the season ends, I'll be a free agent and I'll see what's best for me," Taurasi said last month, via ESPN. "I don't know what that is right now. It's always something that as you get older as an athlete, you start thinking about and you start really kind of bouncing off ideas on [my wife] Penny [Taylor] and my close friends and people that I really respect and trust their opinion."