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Phoenix Mercury go all in on 2022 with Tina Charles signing

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The Phoenix Mercury announced Friday that they have signed Tina Charles, the WNBA’s leading scorer last year, to a one-year deal. According to Rachel Galligan of Winsidr, the deal is worth $108,000.

“Tina is an elite talent in our league and adding a player of her caliber is another example of our commitment to our fans and players to pursue a championship every year,” said Mercury GM Jim Pitman. “Tina has made it clear that she wants to win and wants to do so in Phoenix.”

The former No. 1 overall pick has twice been the WNBA’s leading scorer (2016, 2021). Last season, while with the Washington Mystics, she averaged a career-high 23.4 points while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Charles joins a lineup that includes Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Led by new head coach Vanessa Nygaard, the Mercury will look to make back-to-back WNBA Finals appearances and win the franchise’s fourth championship.