Tina Charles has been a force in the WNBA, winning MVP honors in 2012. (Chuck Myers/MCT via Getty Images)
The Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty announced Monday they have agreed to a trade bringing forward Tina Charles to New York.
The deal, first reported by Doug Feinberg of the Associated Press, sends Alyssa Thomas, New York's first-round selection in last night's draft; 2013 first-round selection Kelsey Bone; and the Liberty's 2015 first-rounder to Connecticut.
Charles, who averaged 18.0 points and 10.1 rebounds last season, had grown unhappy in Connecticut and will return to play ball in her hometown. The Queens native became a standout at Christ the King High School, where in her senior season (2006), she lead the squad to an undefeated season, becoming SI.com's National Player of the Year.
She played her college ball at the University of Connecticut where she helped lead the Huskies to three Final Four appearances, winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Charles was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2010 WNBA draft by the Sun.
The Sun selected Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike with the first overall pick in last night's draft and Duke's Chelsea Gray with the 11th selection, solidifying a promising young core.