The New York Liberty re-signed Tina Charles on Friday, according to the WNBA’s transactions page. Ben Dull of High High Hoops announced first announced the move. The Liberty did not announce the move as of Saturday, but will likely do so early next week.
Charles averaged 19.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists last year. Charles also made a career high 24 three pointers last season, where she is extending her range. She made nearly 35 percent of her threes last season.
This re-signing should come as no surprise. The Liberty cored Charles this past winter, which only allows her to sign her next contract with New York. However, Charles will earn a maximum salary. Additionally, Charles is from New York City and was traded to the Liberty from the Connecticut Sun in 2014. She never showed signs of wavering on her commitment to New York, so this announcement is a formality.
New York finished the 2017 season with a 22-12 record. They finished the regular season on a ten game winning streak and earned the third seed in the WNBA Playoffs. Though they earned a first round bye last year, the Liberty lost to the Mystics at home in their lone playoff game.
Charles returns with a talented core group of guards around her like Sugar Rodgers, Epiphanny Prince, Bria Hartley, Shavonte Zellous, and Brittany Boyd (who was injured last season). She also plays alongside posts like Kia Vaughn and Kiah Stokes. Bottom line, the Liberty figures to remain in the mix for a Top-4 seed in the WNBA this summer.