Washington Mystics re-sign former WNBA MVP Tina Charles

Former WNBA MVP Tina Charles has signed on to stay with the Washington Mystics, the team announced Friday.

According to Her Hoop Stats, Charles signed a one-year contract.

The Mystics traded with the New York Liberty in April to bring the 6-foot-4 center to Washington. But Charles did not play in the WNBA in 2020 after being granted a medical exemption due to COVID-19 concerns.

"It was disappointing for her and for us when she had to miss the 2020 season," Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault said in a statement. "Tina's high-level preparation this off-season and her hunger to win a championship will be a huge catalyst for us to continue as one of the elite teams in the WNBA. We can't wait to get started."

The Mystics won the 2019 WNBA title. Charles, the former UConn star who was the WNBA's No. 1 draft pick in 2010, is seeking her first league championship.

Charles, 32, was with the Connecticut Sun her first four seasons and then with New York the next six. She was league MVP with the Sun in 2012 and has averaged 18.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in her WNBA career.