Diana Taurasi indicates she'll return for 19th WNBA season

Guard Diana Taurasi indicated to an Arizona television station over the weekend that she was leaning toward returning next year for what would be her 19th WNBA season.

Taurasi, the No. 1 draft pick in 2004, has spent her entire WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury. She currently is an unrestricted free agent.

Taurasi, who has won three WNBA titles with the Mercury, was asked about her WNBA future by 3TV/CBS 5, which posted her response in a video clip on Twitter.

"I started working out so ... the minute I start working out, that means I'm all-in," Taurasi said of her offseason activity. "Like anything, when you get to a certain point in your life and your professional career, you start taking different things into account. Having two kids, a family, you start weighing different things of where your time and energy goes."

Taurasi's wife, Penny Taylor, is a former Mercury player, and they have a son and daughter.

"I'm lucky to have an amazing family that are always pushing me to do what I love to do, and that's to play basketball," Taurasi said. "I'm ready to bring another championship here."

The Mercury and Taurasi's agency did not respond to ESPN's request for a comment on Sunday.

Taurasi was appearing Saturday at a court refurbishment dedication at a recreation center in the Phoenix area, sponsored by the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. It honors the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash in 2020.

Taurasi, who will turn 41 in June, averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 31 games this past WNBA season. She missed the playoffs due to a quad injury. Phoenix went 15-21 and fell in the postseason's first round to the eventual champion Las Vegas Aces.

The Mercury were without center Brittney Griner, who has been imprisoned in Russia since February, this past season. Phoenix guard Skylar Diggins-Smith announced last month she is pregnant, so her availability for the 2023 season is unknown.