Phoenix Mercury Release Former UCLA Star Charisma Osborne

The Phoenix Mercury waived seven players, including 2024 WNBA draft picks Charisma Osborne and Jaz Shelley, ahead of the new season. The team signed undrafted free agent Liz Dixon to a training camp contract, aiming to bounce back from a disappointing 2023 season.

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Phoenix Mercury Release Former UCLA Star Charisma Osborne

Phoenix Mercury Release Former UCLA Star Charisma Osborne

The Phoenix Mercury have made a significant roster move ahead of the 2024 WNBA season, waiving seven players, including former UCLA Bruins standout guard Charisma Osborne. The team announced the cuts in an email on Saturday, which also included center Bella Murekatete, forward Mya Hollingshed, and guards Amy Atwell, Ariel Hearn, Jaz Shelley, and Christyn Williams.

Osborne, who was drafted 25th overall by the Mercury in the third round of April's WNBA Draft, now finds herself seeking a new team to continue her professional career. The 5-foot-9 guard was a key player for UCLA, earning All-Pac-12 honors in each of her four seasons with the Bruins. She averaged 16.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game during her senior year in 2023-24.

The Mercury's roster moves also included waiving their other 2024 draft pick, Jaz Shelley, who was selected 29th overall out of Oregon. Meanwhile, the team signed undrafted free agent Liz Dixon to a training camp contract. Dixon, a 6-foot-5 center, appeared in 10 games for Phoenix last season, averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest.

With these transactions, the Mercury currently have 11 players on their roster, one shy of the WNBA maximum of 12. The team is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2023 season, where they finished with a league-worst 9-31 record. Much of their hopes for improvement will rest on the shoulders of star players Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi.

The Mercury will open their 2024 campaign with a road game against the defending champion Las Vegas Aces on May 14, before hosting the Atlanta Dream in their home opener on May 18. As for Osborne, she will now look to catch on with another WNBA team and prove herself at the professional level after a stellar collegiate career at UCLA.

Key Takeaways

  • Phoenix Mercury waive 7 players, including 2 2024 WNBA draft picks.
  • Charisma Osborne, 25th overall pick, seeks new team after being waived.
  • Jaz Shelley, 29th overall pick, also waived by the Mercury.
  • Liz Dixon, undrafted free agent, signs training camp contract with Mercury.
  • Mercuy aims to bounce back from 9-31 record in 2023 with star players Griner and Taurasi.