With Candace Parker’s Return Eminent, Will Brittney Griner Make a Comeback to WNBA?

Published 12/08/2023, 8:31 AM EST

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With multiple injuries to Brittney Griner’s arrest back in February 2022, the WNBA teams have had sharp twists and turns. Nonetheless, the roster finally seems to be falling in place with all the eminent players representing their teams for the next seasons.

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Candace Parker recently announced that she might return to the court for the next season. At the same time, things also seem to be coming together for the two-time Olympic gold medalist–Brittney Griner.

Story of Brittney Griner

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Many stories have been circling around Brittney’s absence in the WNBA season 2022. While she pleaded guilty of breaking the Russian law, it was not her intention. Apparently, Griner flew off to Moscow back in February 2022 to play for their local team UMMC Ekaterinburg. However, she was arrested at the Moscow airport under the charges of carrying illegal compounds. Notably, she was carrying a cartridge with a small amount of cannabis oil which is not allowed in Russia. Unknowingly, she broke the law. Consequently, the Russian court sentenced her to 9 years of jail time in a penal colony.

The US government finally persuaded them to release her. However, it came with the price of a high-profile prisoner exchange. Allegedly, the prisoner was the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout aka “Merchant of Death.” He completed 12 years of his 25 years imprisonment in the USA on the charges of arms dealing to various terrorist groups.

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Even though her story is full of ups and downs, Griner still shows up at the Phoenix Mercury court with her smile and sense of humor.

What’s next for Brittney Griner?

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Brittney returned to the court this season for the Phoenix Mercury with a roar from the crowd. She instantly took over the ground and gave her fans some memorable dunks. However, she has many things coming her way. For starters, she will be a free agent in 2024 after turning 33 years old in October. She has been in the Phoenix Mercury ever since 2013 when she was the first overall pick in their drafts. It is yet to be disclosed which team she will play for in the future.

Brittney is also in the selected team to represent the USA in the women’s basketball in the Paris Olympics in 2024. There are many things Griner’s fans have to look forward to. But one thing they can rest assured of is that Brittney is not going away from her country and her admirers.

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Shahryar Fazal

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