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Griner struck gold with overseas hoops contract

Griner struck gold with overseas hoops contract

Griner struck gold with overseas hoops contract
Griner struck gold with overseas hoops contract

Brittney Griner’s $49,440 WNBA deal is downright paltry compared to the money she earned in China.

After a whirlwind year, no one would have blamed Brittney Griner if she wanted to take some time off during the WNBA’s offseason.

The 6-foot-8 center led the Baylor Bears to a 34-2 record during the 2012-13 season before being drafted No. 1 overall in the WNBA draft. A month-and-a-half after the draft, Griner was playing in her first WNBA game with the Phoenix Mercury. She helped lead the Mercury to the Western Conference Finals, with the team bowing out of the playoffs in late September.

One month after that, Griner arrived in China to begin a four-month stint in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA). It was a grind, of course, but one that was a financial no-brainer.

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