Tina Charles signed with the Phoenix Mercury in the off-season, forming what was supposed to be a super team, poised to return to the finals. It didn’t work in either party’s favor. They had a 7-11 record, and unless you are talking about the gas station, you don’t want any parts of that. 

Tina Charles and Mercury Call it Quits

Some sources say she quit, and other sources say that there was a mutual “contract divorce.” Not long after news broke of the split, it was reported that Charles will be joining the Seattle Storm.

The Mercury won their first game without her, and some players had some things to say about Charles. Sophie Cunningham could be seen screaming “Fuck Tina Charles” on the sideline, and All-Star point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, also tweeted, “No quit in this team!!!” 

Can Tina Charles push Seattle over the top?

Seldomly do we see mid-season movement like this in the WNBA, and even more rare a player of Tina Charles’s stature. Charles is fifth on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list. While it may seem like adding Charles helps, it’s hard to know just how much she will. The Storm are currently 11-7, and we’re supposed to compete for the title anyway. 

With Breanna Stewart playing like a top-2 player in the league and Ezi Magbegor getting better game-by-game, where does she fit in? Does she agree to come off the bench? Seattle has one of the worst benches in the league, so her scoring could help. That probably takes minutes from Mercedes Russell and could take too many minutes away from Magbegor. 

In a perfect world, Charles comes off the bench, becomes their sixth woman, and contributes immediately. It’s a mid-season move, and it’s hard to plug in any player. Let alone a player who led the league in scoring just last season. Tina Charles is an all-time great, but I would still rank the Aces, Sky, and maybe the Sun and Mystics over them.