"In the evaluation of Liz Cambage’s health and preexisting risk factors with her team doctor, we believe her to be at high risk for severe illness if she contracts COVID-19 in participation of this WNBA season," Cambage's agent, Allison Galer, told theScore. "We are awaiting the league’s determination based on an independent physician panel."
In her first season with the Aces last year, the 6-foot-8 Cambage averaged 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game and was selected to the All-Star Game for the third time.
Cambage's absence enables the Aces to add center Avery Warley-Talbert, whose addition was announced prior to news of Cambage's decision. The 33-year-old veteran made three appearances with the New York Liberty last season.
Cambage is the second foundational player the Aces have lost ahead of the 2020 campaign. In June, the team announced that former No. 1 pick Kelsey Plum will miss the season after tearing her left Achilles tendon.
Coach Bill Laimbeer's team still enters the year with a number of proven talents, including 2019 All-Stars A'ja Wilson and Kayla McBride, reigning Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby, and five-time All-Star Angel McCoughtry, who was signed away from the Atlanta Dream this offseason.