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Emma Meesseman’s future with Mystics unclear after deciding not to return

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Emma Meesseman will not be returning to the Washington Mystics this season.

The 2019 WNBA Finals MVP revealed Tuesday that she has opted to rest rather than return to the WNBA following her time with the Belgian national team.

“The whole summer, I thought and believed I would join the Mystics again after the European Championship and the Olympics,” Meesseman said in a statement. “But it turns out the only right decision is to take some extra time for myself. I wish it was different because everybody knows I love the Mystics family. D.C. will continue to be my home away from home! I wish the team all the best and I’ll be rooting for them, like I always have.”

Drafted by the Mystics in 2013, the forward has played seven seasons with the organization, averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in her career.

“We know this has been a long summer with her national team and understand her decision,” Mystics coach Mike Thibault said in a statement. “We hope she can enjoy the much-deserved time off and we look forward to possibly seeing her in a Mystics uniform next season. Emma will always be a part of the Mystics family.”

Meesseman will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, making her future with the Mystics uncertain.