Brittney Griner signs contract extension with Mercury on 'Suns Live!' pic.twitter.com/t9ZXR5vN5M
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Free agent Brittney Griner signed a multi-year contract with the Phoenix Mercury live on FOX Sports Arizona’s pregame broadcast of the Phoenix Suns game on Sunday.
“I’ve made this my home,” Griner told hosts Tom Leander and Tom Chambers. “Phoenix definitely has a special place in my heart.”
Griner made the deal official on live television by signing her contract with Mercury general manager Jim Pitman by her side. Griner was a restricted free agent and was reportedly expected to re-sign with Phoenix.
The four-year veteran center averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game last season.
Griner is a three-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The 26-year-old has the WNBA record for blocked shots in a single season with 129, blocks in a single game with 11 and career blocks-per-game average, 3.49. The 2013 first overall pick in the WNBA draft was the fastest player in league history to reach 400 career blocks, doing so in 115 games.
“Brittney Griner is the present and the future of the WNBA and we are fortunate to guarantee she continues her growth here in Phoenix,” Mercury general manager Jim Pitman said in a statement from the team.
The Associated Press contributed to this story