Truly terrible news for the Connecticut Sun and their first-year coach, Anne Donovan.
Citing nagging injuries that have slowed her throughout the offseason, Asjha Jones has decided not to play this season.
“I am sorry to announce that I will miss the 2013 WNBA season due to injuries,” Jones said. “I do not feel like I would be fit and ready to play this summer, and I did not think that would be fair to coach or to the Connecticut Sun organization, which has treated me so well over the past nine seasons. I wish the team a great season in 2013 and look forward to returning in 2014.”
Acquired from the Washington Mystics in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Jones has played nine seasons for Connecticut. During her time in a Sun uniform, Jones has played 271 games, collecting 3,336 points and 1,447 rebounds with 1,398 made field goals. She ranks second in team history in each of those categories.
“It’s disappointing to hear that Asjha will not be back with the team this season,” fDonovan said. “But I am confident in the ability of the players we do have returning, and I am looking forward to a great year.”
After a strong start in 2012, Jones missed 14 regular season games with a strained Achilles tendon. She returned to average 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in five playoff games after helping Geno Aureimma’s 2012 Summer Olympic team win the gold medal in London.
“We hope this break will give Asjha the time she needs to finally heal a persistent injury,” Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “We hope it also gives our younger players more of a chance to step up and contribute. We expect them to embrace the challenge.”