Brittney Griner, the American basketball star imprisoned in Russia for nearly 10 months last year, has signed a one-year Women’s NBA deal with the Phoenix Mercury, the team announced Tuesday.
Griner rejoined the team she helped lead to a 2014 WNBA crown and played for over nine seasons before missing last year’s campaign while in Russia.
After she was released in a prisoner exchange last December, Griner said she planned to return to her WNBA career and play again for Phoenix.
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“It’s a great day for all of us to announce that Brittney Griner has officially signed to play for the Mercury in 2023,” Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said.
“We missed BG every day that she was gone and, while basketball was not our primary concern, her…