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Mercury, Tina Charles agree to ‘contract divorce’

Feb 10, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Mercury's Tina Charles speaks at an introductory press conference at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Breen-The Republic
Credit: Patrick Breen- The Republic

The Phoenix Mercury and former WNBA Most Valuable Player Tina Charles parted ways on Saturday in what the team labeled a “contract divorce.”

Charles, 33, is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds this season for the Mercury (6-12). Those totals trail only Skylar Diggins-Smith (18.4 points) and Brianna Turner (7.5 rebounds) for tops on the club.

“After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was best for both parties to go our separate ways at this time,” Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said. “Due to circumstances both in and out of our control, our season has not gone according to our plan, and we will continue to pursue all avenues for improvement.”

The team thanked Charles for her contributions.

Charles signed a one-year contract with the Mercury in February after leading the league in scoring last season with the Washington Mystics. The 2012 WNBA MVP and eight-time All-Star center averaged a career-best 23.4 points per game in 2021 and made a personal-best 36.5 percent of her 3-point attempts.

She has averaged 18.5 points and 9.4 rebounds in 373 career games with the Connecticut Sun, New York Liberty, Mystics and Mercury. She led the league in scoring on two occasions (2016, 2021) and rebounds four times (2010-12, 2016).

–Field Level Media