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WNBA’s week ahead: Will Tina Charles suit up for Seattle?

Tina Charles and the Mercury parted ways over the weekend. (Tim Heitman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The WNBA returns with a full slate of competition, and viewers treated to games every day this week.

Just Women’s Sports has three storylines to watch as the action continues.

Will Tina Charles suit up for Seattle?

The Phoenix Mercury and Tina Charles shocked the league when the team announced Saturday it had agreed to a contract divorce with the star center. Charles signed a one-year deal with the Mercury in February, appearing in 16 games with the team during the 2022 regular season.

“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.”

According to multiple reports, Charles is set to join the Seattle Storm, though the team has yet to comment on the rumors.

If Charles clears waivers and signs with Seattle in time for their midweek matchup against league-leading Las Vegas, she could appear for the Storm as early as Wednesday. It’s unlikely that any team has the cap space to take on Charles’ pre-divorce contract, so once she clears waivers, she will become an unrestricted free agent and Seattle can sign her.

The 33-year-old adds a post presence to the Seattle team, which already boasts offensive firepower from Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird. Charles is still in the hunt for her first WNBA championship, with the Storm also hoping to lift the league trophy at the end of the year to send out Bird on a high.

Sky have top spot within sight

The Chicago Sky put on a thrilling performance in their home game against the Minnesota Lynx Sunday, following up a historic comeback against the Aces on Tuesday. Now the Sky are looking to extend their win streak to four games as they face off against Connecticut on Wednesday and Phoenix on Saturday.

Sitting only a half-game back of league-leading Las Vegas, Chicago has a chance to dethrone the Aces atop the table.

The Sky’s offense has been stellar, leading the league in field goal percentage at 47 while falling behind the Aces in three-point percentage at 35.9. Courtney Vandersloot, a key facilitator for the squad, has finished in the double-figures in the last six Sky games for her best scoring streak since 2020.

Is New York the real deal?

The New York Liberty are enjoying a two-game win streak, turning around a season that got off to a slow start.

Sabrina Ionescu has been on a tear since notching her second career triple-double on June 12, nearly repeating the feat in her last four games. The addition of Marine Johannes has been critical for New York, with the French star joining Ionescu as one of the squad’s clutch shooters.

The Liberty released Crystal Dangerfield from her hardship contract Friday but may bring her back in early July with some roster engineering. How the team will fair without her and whether or not New York can continue their climb up the WNBA standings will be in question as they face the Atlanta Dream on Thursday and the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.

Full Schedule

Monday, June 27

  • Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Tuesday, June 28

  • Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
  • Dallas Wings vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3

Wednesday, June 29

  • Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky at 12 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime

Thursday, June 30

  • Atlanta Dream vs. New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET on Twitter

Friday, July 1

  • Los Angeles Sparks vs. Dallas Wings at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. ET on Facebook

Saturday, July 2

  • Phoenix Mercury vs. Chicago Sky at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday, July 3

  • Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream at 3 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime