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Free agent guard Diana Taurasi re-signs with Mercury

Oct 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) looks on against the Chicago Sky during the second half of game two of the 2021 WNBA Finals at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diana Taurasi signed a multiyear contract to remain with the Phoenix Mercury, the team announced Saturday.

The 40-year-old guard is the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer heading into her 19th season with the Mercury.

Earlier this month, the 10-time All-Star and three-time WNBA champion said there was a possibility she might sign with another team.

Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said the team wasn’t going to let that happen.

“Diana Taurasi belongs in a Mercury uniform, and we are grateful for the continued faith she demonstrates in our organization by returning year after year,” Pitman said. “The way she prepares her body, how much she cares about winning, and how much she cares about our franchise — on and off the court — are just a few of the things that make her a transcendent athlete and quite literally the greatest of all time.

“We look forward to more accolades, more historic moments, and more wins.”

Taurasi averaged 16.7 points, 3.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 31 starts last season.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft and 2009 league MVP has scored a record 9,693 points in 505 games. Taurasi is also the league’s all-time leader in field goals made and attempted, 3-pointers made and attempted, and free throws made and attempted. Only Sue Bird (580) has played in more games.

–Field Level Media