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Reports: Tina Charles to sign with Seattle after Phoenix contract divorce

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Tina Charles is set to sign with the Seattle Storm after mutually parting ways with the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Phoenix announced the contract divorce with Charles in a statement released on Saturday. The Ball Out was the first to report the news of the center’s intended new destination.

“After discussions with Tina and 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 plan, and we continue to pursue all avenues for improvement.”

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

The Seattle Storm, who waived forward Reshanda Gray on Friday, are looking to send Sue Bird out with a title run in her final WNBA season. Currently in fourth place in the league standings, Seattle (11-7) has engineered a turnaround after a slow start to the season.

Storm coach Noelle Quinn did not comment on the Charles reports before Seattle’s Saturday game against the Los Angeles Sparks.

“Our focus is right now and my focus right now is on the game,” Quinn said. “I don’t really have a comment about Tina.”

The Mercury (7-12) won their first game without Charles on the roster Saturday night, beating the Wings 83-72. But she was clearly on the minds of at least one of her former teammates. Sophie Cunningham shouted “F— Tina Charles!” after the win, according to reporter Landon Thomas.

The Storm and the Mercury will face off for the third and final time this season at 10 p.m. ET on July 22.