Brittney Griner returns to WNBA and signs one-year contract with Phoenix Mercury

After almost a year imprisoned in Russia, Brittney Griner will return to the WNBA and will do so with her former team, the Phoenix Mercury.

The two parties have reached an agreement to pen a one-season deal. ‘Her Hoop Stats’ broke the news on Saturday, with the ESPN confirming Griner‘s comeback.

Griner, who will earn 165,100 dollars, returns to the ream where she plied her trade from 2013 to 2021. The eight-time All-Star managed to win the WNBA title with Phoenix back in 2014.

Arrested in February 2022 at a Russian airport, Griner was sentenced in August to nine years in prison for drug possession and smuggling after being detained by customs officers for carrying two cartridges of cannabis oil.

United States authorities announced in December that they reached a deal with Russia to release Griner in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout.

“It feels so good to be home! The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn,” she wrote on Instagram back in December.

“I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help.

“I also want to make one thing very clear: I intend to play basketball for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury this season, and in doing so, I look forward to being able to say ‘thank you’ to those of you who advocated, wrote, and posted for me in person soon.”

In her last season at Phoenix back in 2021, her team reached the WNBA finals, where they lost to Chicago Sky.