Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi say they want to return to Mercury in 2024

The Phoenix Mercury had a poor 2023 season. With a 9-31 record, the team finished worst in the WNBA and missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

But it doesn't mean the team's two greatest stars are ready to split up. Both Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and center Brittney Griner have expressed a desire to return to Phoenix in 2024.

In 2023, the pair completed their tenth season together. Taurasi agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Mercury for her 19th season,

while Griner returned to the WNBA this year after being arrested in Russia for 10 months and missing the entire 2022 season.

But nothing went well for Phoenix this year. After a 2-10 start, the Mercury sacked head coach Vanessa Nygaard and completed the season with 11 straight losses.

Taurasi missed 14 games due to injuries, yet she still managed to average 16 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game. 

She was also the first WNBA player to reach 10,000 career points. Griner also had a terrific statistical season, averaging a team-high 17.5 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.

 Nobody else scored more than 12 points each game. The only other Mercury players to average more than 10 points per game were guards Sophie Cunningham and Moriah Jefferson.

Despite the team's terrible season, Griner expressed optimism about her future. What is the Mercury's next move? As Taurasi mentioned earlier,

the expectation is that new general manager Nick U'Ren, who was hired from the front office of the Golden State Warriors in July, can rebuild a team that has made the playoffs for the past ten seasons.


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