UMMC Ekaterinburg have announced the signing of American guard Diana Taurasi.
Taurasi moves to Ekaterinburg after a season with Galatasaray, season with Fenerbahce, four seasons with Sparta&K and a season with Dynamo Moscow. With Sparta&K she won four EuroLeague Women titles, UMMC obviously want a repeat of that.
She was last ELW’s top scorer with 20.9 points per game, she also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists while playing for Galatasaray. Though the team finished only fifth in ELW.
With Sue Bird and Candace Parker on board it’s obvious that there’s one American too much on the team. The popular scenario seems to be that they will play Parker and Taurasi until New Years in ELW, then when Sue Bird joins the team it will be the duo of Taurasi and Bird. Parker will be able to continue to play for UMMC in Russian league as an increase to three non-European players is expected in the league rules.