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Phoenix Mercury and Tina Charles part ways

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The Phoenix Mercury and Tina Charles have agreed to a contract divorce, the team announced Saturday.

Charles signed a one-year contract with the Mercury in February. She averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 16 appearances with the team.

“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 in a news release. “Due to circumstances both in and out of our control, our season has not gone according to plan, and we will continue to pursue all avenues of improvement.”

The former WNBA MVP and eight-time WNBA All-Star spent the 2021 season with the Washington Mystics and led the WNBA with 23.4 points per game. She won her MVP award with the Connecticut Sun in 2012, and she played with the New York Liberty from 2014-19 but didn’t play the 2020 COVID-19 bubble season.

Phoenix sits at 10th in the league with a 6-12 record on the season.