The league remain committed to helping bring the US star home.
“I did want to start by saying we continue to be working diligently on bringing Brittney Griner home,” Engelbert said ahead of the WNBA draft. “This is an unimaginable situation for BG to be in.”
Griner was detained at a Moscow airport for the alleged possession of an illegal substance.
It was announced last month that the detainment had been extended until May as their investigation continued.
Engelbert added: “She continues to have our full support, and she’s just been such a great person in the league.
“I can’t be any more real about the situation that she’s in. We’re trying everything we can, every angle, working through with her legal representation, her agent, elected leaders, the administration; just everybody in our ecosystem to try and find ways to get her home sagely and as quickly as we can.”
Engelbert went on to praise the WNBA players for their ‘patience’ throughout the ordeal and for following instructions they’ve been given.
“I know we’re all frustrated, but we do need to be patient. I know the players have been amazing at following the advice that they’re getting and we’re getting in order to not jeopardise her safety in any way.
“We continued to follow advice and continue to work on it.”