It’s no secret that even the elite of the WNBA don’t make a lot of money, which is why a majority of them hightail it overseas during the offseason. The Post Game is reporting that Brittney Griner makes twelve time more money playing overseas in China during the offseason than she does in the WNBA.
While the Mercury could only pay Griner $49,440 in 2013, the WCBA’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls signed her for approximately $600,000, according to ESPN The Magazine. Even with a $1 million endorsement contract from Nike, that type of money is hard to turn down. That’s roughly six times more than the maximum salary in the WNBA.
I suppose if you look on the bright side you’ll note that most people don’t make $49,000 coming right out of college with nothing but a Bachelor’s Degree. Still must be hard when you know the #1 draft pick in the NBA is probably getting $3 million before he ever steps foot on the court.