With BC Ural Yekaterinburg unable to pay him, captain Michael Snaer recently left the basketball team.
The club said it was unable to live up to its financial obligations to the shooting guard, so Snaer was granted his release.
Other players, including fellow American Marco Killingsworth, will remain on the team.
“In this situation, the club has no right to hold athletes on empty promises,” the club said in a press release.
This is the first time the team has had to release a player because of financial issues.
Despite the loss of Snaer, the Super League champions of two of the last three years still held the lofty goals it set at the beginning of the season, aiming to make another trip to the championship game.
The Urals currently hold a 7-2 record, including a 6-2 mark in Super League play.
Snaer was averaging eight points per game for BC Ural Yekaterinburg.
He played collegiately at Florida State University, where he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player. Snaer was undrafted in the 2013 National Basketball Association draft, but has played in the summer league with the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Other career stops for the 6-foot-5-inch guard include Enel Brindisi of Serie A, Italy’s top basketball league.