Tina Charles makes shock departure from Mercury, anticipated to hitch Storm, per report


When the Phoenix Mercury went to Dallas on Saturday for a matchup with the Wings, experiences got here in that Tina Charles had not made the journey with the group. A short while later, it grew to become clear that the veteran ahead would by no means be rejoining the Mercury. 

Early on Saturday afternoon, the Mercury introduced that the group and Charles had come to an settlement on a contract divorce efficient instantly. 

“After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was finest for each events to go our separate methods right now,” Mercury GM Jim Pitman stated in a press launch. “Attributable to circumstances each out and in of our management, our season has not gone in response to plan, and we’ll proceed to pursue all avenues for improvement.”

Additional particulars surrounding Charles’ departure are unclear right now. Mercury coach Vanessa Nygaard declined to enter specifics throughout her pre-game press convention. 

“It is best for each events,” Nygaard stated. “We’re prepared to maneuver ahead.” 

Nonetheless, Nygaard did be aware that Charles “elected to not play” in a number of video games earlier this season, which signifies this transfer did not come out of nowhere. 

Charles signed with the Mercury as a free agent in February, agreeing to a one-year deal in an effort to chase a championship — one thing nonetheless lacking from her Corridor of Fame resume. Along with signing Charles, the Mercury traded for Diamond DeShields as they went all in for what might be Diana Taurasi’s closing season. 

However when Brittney Griner was detained in Russia on alleged drug fees in mid-February, it despatched a shock via the group and the league. Griner stays in Russia indefinitely, and the Mercury have understandably by no means regarded fairly proper this season. They have been 6-12 heading into Saturday’s matchup, which had them exterior of playoff place. 

When Charles was on the ground for the Mercury this season, she was productive on a person degree, averaging 17.3 factors and seven.3 rebounds on 44.1 % taking pictures from the sector. This was clearly not the scenario she was anticipating to hitch, however once more it is not clear precisely why the 2 sides determined to separate. 

The Mercury owe their 2023 first-round choose to the Chicago Sky by way of the DeShields commerce, so that they haven’t any choice however to forge forward and attempt to flip issues round within the second half of the season. Even when they’d a purpose to tank, Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith would not let that occur. They clearly will not be capable to substitute Charles’ expertise, however they might profit from higher locker room vibes given how far the scenario had deteriorated. 

As for Charles, she is anticipated to hitch the Seattle Storm as soon as she clears waivers in 48 hours, in response to Em Adler of The Subsequent. Charles would definitely give the Storm an enormous increase from an offensive standpoint — one thing the group has desperately wanted at instances this season, particularly when a number of starters are off the ground. Nonetheless, she would even be a transparent drag on the elite protection they’ve constructed. 

If Charles is comfortable enjoying a bench position to assist juice the offense at instances, she will likely be a useful addition. But when she’s anticipating to begin and take minutes away from Ezi Magbegor, the transfer may not be worthwhile for the Storm. 


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