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WNBA Retirement: Jia Perkins quietly retires

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After 14 years in the league, Jia Perkins has decided she will not return to the court.

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Drafted by the Charlotte Sting.

Four franchises.

441 games.

224 starts.

14 years in the WNBA.

One WNBA Championship.

A lifetime of memories.

Jia Perkins has left her mark in the WNBA and has decided she is hanging up her sneakers to retire from playing, according to the Star Tribune.

In the report, head coach Cheryl Reeve was addressing there are spots open on her roster as her backcourt reserves are now gone because Perkins has retired and Renee Montgomery signed with the Atlanta Dream.

Montgomery’s move to the Dream and the retirement of Jia Perkins means Lynx coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve will need to replace her backup backcourt for the upcoming season, when Minnesota will try to repeat as league champions.

”That is basically our reserve backcourt,” Reeve said. “So there are openings there.”

Since 2004, Perkins has played in the WNBA where she has suited up for four different teams in her tenure with stops in Charlotte (2004-2005), Chicago (2006-2010), San Antonio (2011-2015) and Minnesota (2016-2017).

She leaves the league as a WNBA champion after helping the Lynx win last year in a thrilling series against the Los Angeles Sparks.

In her career, Perkins averaged 10.6 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.9 rebounds per game.