“Our season did not go as planned”


Eight-time WNBA All-Star Tina Charles suddenly finds herself without a team. Charles agreed to a contract divorce from 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 did not go according to our plan,” which played a role in Charles’ release. The Mercury sit in fifth place in the Western Conference with a 6-12 record.

The team thanked Charles for his contributions.

In 16 games, Charles is averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Both numbers are slightly below his career averages.

Charles, 33, signed a one-year contract with Mercury in February. She had just completed a season in which she led the WNBA in scoring. This performance was not out of step with the rest of Charles’ career. She has made the All-Star team in each of the past four seasons.

This story will be updated.