The WNBA has been growing in terms of popularity in recent times but one of the negative reasons they continue to get attention is the lack of adequate pay for the superstars that play the game. The debate over salaries in the WNBA has been going on for a long time, and it's no surprise considering how low they are compared to other sports leagues in the country.
Surprisingly though, the latest contentious move on that front has occurred within the league itself. One of the biggest recent hires for the WNBA was getting San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Becky Hammon to become a part of the league in a coaching capacity, taking over the Head Coach job with the Las Vegas Aces. While in itself it was great news, Aces star Liz Cambage didn't take so kindly to finding out that Hammon would be given a million-dollar deal to join the Aces.
"Ahhh yes the WNBA, where a head coach can get paid 4X the highest paid players super max contract. lmao and y’all think imma spend another season upgrading my seat on a flight to get to games out of my pocket."
Cambage's point makes sense considering that a supermax contract in the WNBA stands at just over $220,000 per year. The salary cap for the entire team is just $1,379,200, close to what Hammon will reportedly be making with the Aces.
It's not hard to see why Hammon commanded a large salary, she had reportedly been in consideration for jobs in the NBA, which would have paid her a similar amount, if not more, considering her experience working under the legendary Gregg Popovich. However, no sports league has coaches making that much more money than stars, so Cambage's anger also makes sense. At the end of the day, there is a lot for the WNBA to figure out on this front but hostility from a player that was a star for the Aces towards their new coaching hire is not a good look for the franchise or the league.