Maya Moore, who played eight seasons for the Lynx and was a six-time WNBA All-Star, will miss a third consecutive season.
Moore appeared on Good Morning America with her husband, Jonathan Irons, on Wednesday. The former UConn All-America originally sat out the 2019 and 2020 seasons to work for Irons' release from prison after 23 years of incarceration.
"This journey has been quite a while, so I'm trying to take that time to get settled," said Moore, 31. "Now we just got married, I'm still planning on taking some rest and really just leaning into this season of enjoying Jonathan and having this full year."
GMA's Robin Roberts said her production company had been following Irons and Moore in the year following his release for an ESPN "30 for 30" that would air later this week. Irons, 41, said he planned to file a lawsuit in his case.
Moore worked for a year and a half to secure the release of Irons, who was convicted of burglary and assault with a deadly weapon in 1998 when he was 16. A judge ruled in March, 2020, that prosecutors suppressed evidence in the case that could have cleared Irons, and his conviction was vacated. He was released from prison on July 1, and he and Moore were married by September.
Moore, in her eight seasons in Minnesota, averaged 18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as the Lynx won four WNBA championships. She was the league's MVP in 2014, and also won two Olympic gold medals (2012 in London and 2016 in Rio) and two NCAA titles. Moore was a three-time All-Star Game MVP and was the WNBA rookie of the year in 2011 after the Lynx nabbed her with the No. 1 overall pick that year.
The Lynx retain Moore's rights, but the team had already planned for a season without her.