A spokesman for the WNBA’s New York Liberty just told me that Tina Charles is not expected to be with the team on Sunday when it opens the preseason against the Connecticut Sun at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Charles, the former rookie of the year and MVP, was dealt by the Sun to the Liberty on April 14 in accordance with her wishes. She has been playing in Russia during the offseason and has just returned to the United States.
It’s expected Charles will be ready to play Thursday when the Sun and Liberty complete the preseason at Madison Square Garden in an 11 a.m. game. The teams then open the regular season at the casino on May 16.