Storm sign 8-time WNBA All-Star Tina Charles for title run

The signing of Charles gives the Storm one of the most prolific goalscorers in league history.

SEATTLE — With a team legend nearing the end of his career, the Seattle Storm bolstered its championship aspirations Tuesday with the addition of center Tina Charles.

The Storm signed Charles to a contract for the remainder of the 2022 season after the 6-foot-4-inch center parted ways with the Phoenix Mercury on June 25.

Charles, the 2012 WNBA MVP for the Connecticut Sun, has been named to the WNBA All-Team nine times and to the All-Star Team eight times in her career.

The team said Charles will wear the No. 31 and will be available for their Storm debut against the Las Vegas Aces on Wednesday.

Charles’ contract terms were not disclosed by the team.

“We’re excited to add one of the best players in our league to our roster,” said Storm head coach Noelle Quinn. “Tina is a prolific goalscorer who brings years of experience and brings depth to our front pitch. We look forward to seeing the immediate impact she can have on our team.”

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Now she’s joining a Storm team pushing for one last ring for team legend Sue Bird, who announced on June 16 that this would be her final season in the WNBA. Seattle is second in the Western Conference with an 11-7 record.

Charles will play alongside Olympic teammates Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd, a trio who helped the United States women’s team win Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 games. Charles has won three Olympic gold medals (2012, 2016 and 2020) during her career. Seattle now has seven players in its 11-man roster who competed in the 2020 Olympics.

The signing of Charles gives the Storm one of the most prolific goalscorers in league history.

Charles ranks second all-time with 164 points in 20+ and sixth all-time with 6,889 career points. She’s just seven points away from moving up to fifth all-time on the scoring leaderboard.

The No. 1 pick in the 2010 WNBA draft ranks second all-time in career rebounds (3,507), including best in the league in four different seasons.

Before the two teams agreed to go their separate ways midseason, Charles averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.8 blocks per game in 16 games with Phoenix. However, her field goal attempts per game and total points were among the lowest grades of her career.

Charles led the WNBA with 23.4 points per game for the Washington Mystics in 2021, and this offseason signed a one-year contract with WNBA runner-up Mercury reportedly worth $108,000. She was reportedly deciding between Mercury and Storm at the time.

She was set to fill the points gap of Mercury center Brittney Griner, who has been jailed in Russia since February 17 after authorities at an airport outside Moscow said she had vape cartridges of cannabis oil in her bag.

Charles was second on the team on points, but their scores did not translate into on-court wins. A season after reaching the WNBA Finals, the Mercury is currently out of the playoff picture with an 8-12 record.

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