Two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is waiting for a medical risk assessment before joining the Washington Mystics in Florida.
"Many of you know about my ongoing battle with Lyme Disease, and a compromised immune system," she posted Wednesday on Twitter. "... Missing my teammates but health and safety are the priority."
The Mystics issued a statement confirming that Delle Donne and fellow All-Star Tina Charles entered the league's player medical evaluation protocol.
They did not travel with the team to the league's "bubble campus" in Bradenton, Fla., where the season is set to begin on July 24.
It wasn't immediately clear why Charles, who was acquired in a trade from the New York Liberty in April, was in the protocol.
The defending WNBA champions were already preparing to play the abbreviated 22-game season without guard Natasha Cloud and forward LaToya Sanders, who both opted out last month.
Delle Donne, 30, is a six-time All-Star forward who earned her second MVP award in 2019 after averaging 19.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 blocks.
Charles, 31, is a seven-time All-Star forward and former league MVP (2012) who averaged 16.9 points and 7.5 boards with the Liberty last season.
--Field Level Media