Brittney Griner will be back with the Phoenix Mercury after signing a one-year contract. 

Earlier this month, Russian officials finally released Griner to the U.S. in a prisoner swap for convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout. 

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Noticeably missing from Brittney Griner during a prisoner swap was her signature locs, prompting speculation about why her hair was cut.

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Cherelle Griner is happy Brittney is coming home but says she’s still committed to aiding in the release of Paul Whelan.

Following a questionable conviction for drug smuggling, the WNBA star had been serving a 9-year prison sentence in Mordovia, which is known as Russia’s “land of prisons.” 

23-year-old Zambian student Lemekhani Nathan Nyirenda was killed while in combat in Ukraine, Zambia's foreign ministry announced on Monday. 

Russia says they are ready to negotiate a prisoner swap for Brittney Griner, but claims that U.S. officials have slowed the process.

In order to earn extra money, some WNBA stars are still opting to play overseas to make up for their modest salaries on American soil, despite fears surrounding Brittney Griner's case.

Dennis Rodman decided against going to Russia to help free Brittney Griner after being discouraged by the Biden Administration.