Las Vegas Aces All-Star center Liz Cambage will sit out the 2020 season, general manager Dan Padover announced Saturday night.
"Liz is a generational talent, and we are going to miss her this year on the court and in the locker room," Padover said in a statement. "She has been incredibly active this offseason in the community raising money for first responders who battled the brush fires in Australia, shining a light on mental health awareness, and standing at the forefront of the peaceful protests in her country battling social and racial inequality, and I have no doubt that she will continue to do so.
"Although Liz won't be with us in Florida, she has our full support, and will continue to be a part of the Aces family and the city of Las Vegas for many years to come."
Cambage's agent, Allison Galer, told the Associated Press that her client would be at "high risk for severe illness if she contracts COVID-19," due to "pre-existing risk factors."
Cambage, 28, is a 6-foot-8, three-time All-Star from Australia. She was traded from Dallas to Las Vegas in May of 2019 and then averaged 22.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 blocks in 32 games for the Aces last season.
The WNBA is set to begin its season later this month at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Fla. Players who are medically excused from playing will still receive their salaries, while players who opt out voluntarily -- a group including several players already -- will not be paid.
--Field Level Media