Taurasi had a rough opener on Sunday, shooting 1-for-11 in the Mercury’s 68-58 loss to the Dallas Wings.
The 34-year-old Taurasi has played for the Mercury since 2004, helping the team win three titles. Taurasi was the WNBA rookie of the year in 2004 and MVP in 2009. She also helped the U.S. win four consecutive Olympic gold medals.
Taylor, who will turn 36 next week, retired last summer after a 13-year career in the WNBA. She played her final 10 seasons in Phoenix and is now the team’s director of player personnel.
She previously was married to a Brazilian beach volleyball player, but the couple divorced after three years. The two WNBA players had kept their relationship out of the public spotlight.