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Tina Charles agrees to contract divorce with Mercury: ‘Our season has not gone according to our plan’


Eight-time WNBA All-Star Tina Charles is suddenly without a team. Charles agreed to a contract divorce with the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday.

The Mercury announced the move, calling it a mutual decision. In a statement, Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said, “Our season has not gone according to our plan,” which played a role in the decision. The Mercury sit in fifth place in the Western Conference with a 6-12 record.

The team thanked Charles for her contributions.

In 16 games, Charles is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Both figures are slightly lower than her career averages.

Charles, 33, signed a one-year deal with the Mercury in February. She was coming off a season in which she led the WNBA in scoring. That performance wasn’t out of line with the rest of Charles’ career. She’s made the All-Star team in each of the four past seasons.

This story will be updated.

Tina Charles with the Mercury.

Tina Charles parted ways with the Mercury. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


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