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WNBA Free Agency 2021: Tina Charles re-signs with the Washington Mystics

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As expected the Washington Mystics have re-signed Tina Charles for the 2021 WNBA season. Charles early on expressed interest in remaining with the Mystics despite opting out of the 2020 WNBA season because she was granted a medical exemption.

Charles was acquired via a three-team deal. The trade involved the New York Liberty and the Dallas Wings. Washington received Charles and in return the Liberty received all the Mystics’ draft picks for this season. Dallas received Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and the previously given Mystics first round pick to New York.

General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault and Charles are familiar with one another from their Connecticut Sun days. Thibault drafted her in 2010 before being traded to the Liberty in 2014. He mentioned not having her for 2020 season was a big loss.

“When we traded for Tina last year, it was a big moment for our organization. It was disappointing for her and for us when she had to miss the 2020 season,” Thibault said. “Tina’s high-level preparation this off season and her hunger to win a championship will be a huge catalyst for us to continue as one of the elite teams in the WNBA. We can’t wait to get started.”

Charles’ contract details are below as she signs a 1-year deal with Washington.

With the uncertainty of when Emma Meesseman will return due to international play, the re-signing of Charles comes with a great impact alongside LaToya Sanders and Myisha Hines-Allen.

Charles has averaged 18.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in her career so far.

The 2021 WNBA season can’t come quick enough!