Canada’s Kia Nurse has re-signed with the Phoenix Mercury, the club announced Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season, her first with Phoenix after a trade with the New York Liberty, where Nurse had played for three years.

“In 2021, Kia Nurse brought the exact toughness, shooting and high basketball IQ we hoped for when acquiring her via trade,” Mercury GM Jim Pitman said in a media release. “Losing her to injury last October certainly hampered our efforts in the Finals, and we know it hurt Kia not to be able to help her team, but the way she has worked and rehabbed this offseason solidifies for us that she is the kind of person and player we want to continue as a part of the Mercury family, and we are excited to welcome her back for 2022.”

Nurse is recovering from surgery on her right knee after tearing her ACL during Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals against the Las Vegas Aces in October. The 2019 All-Star wing is expected to return to action during this upcoming season, according to the team.

Phoenix’s 2022 season begins May 6.


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