The Washington Mystics have re-signed free agent and former WNBA MVP Tina Charles.
Charles received a medical exemption for the entire 2020 WNBA season and did not play after Washington's blockbuster trade for her last April. The trade with the New York Liberty reunited Charles with head coach/general manager Mike Thibault. Back in 2010, Thibault took her No. 1 overall when he had the reigns of the Connecticut Sun.
The 6-foot-4 center was the one who initiated the trade from the Liberty. So, it made a lot of sense that through the whole season and into the offseason, Charles made a verbal commitment to come back with the organization.
Her last season, 2019, she posted a 16.9 points per game average with 7.5 rebounds. Much of her low averages were due to the struggles that the Liberty faced en route to the No. 1 overall pick in 2020. The three prior seasons were some of her best in a storied career. Throughout her time as a professional, she's been named to the All-WNBA teams eight of her 10 seasons.
After last offseason's trade, the Mystics signed her to a one-year deal worth $175,000 which was one of the top contracts in the league.
As a center, her style from her MVP days contrasts with Thibault's up-tempo and high-powered offense that broke records in 2019. However, over the past several seasons her game has moved away from the rim and developed a 3-pointer to her arsenal of skills.
The medical exemption came from Charles' extrinsic asthma which impacts her immune system and could have severe impacts if she contracts the coronavirus. There is no update on if this will impact her involvement for the 2021 season.
Charles is also a member of the Team USA player pool, selected to compete at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She made the short to be included in the pool for the 2021 Olympic team as well.