Grizzlies sign Atkins to help depleted backcourt

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It did not take Chucky Atkins very
long to find a new home.

The Memphis Grizzlies on Monday signed the veteran guard to a
contract just five days after he agreed to a contract buyout
with the Washington Wizards.

No financial terms were disclosed. Atkins will join the team
Monday in Miami.

Atkins averaged 6.7 points and 2.5 assists in 19.7 minutes over
28 games before Washington agreed to buy out the remainder of
his contract on Jan. 18.

Last season with the Lakers, Atkins played and started in a
career-high 82 games and posted career-high averages of 13.6
points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 35.4 minutes.

Atkins will help fill the void left by the absence of starting
point guard Damon Stoudamire, who suffered a torn patella tendon
in his right knee against the Portland Trail Blazers on
Dec. 30 and likely will miss the remainder of the season.

"Chucky is a veteran point guard, and he fills our need (with
Damon's injury) for an added leader in the backcourt," West
said. "He will be a great addition to our team, and we are happy
he was available and eager to come to Memphis."

The 5-11, 185-pound guard has career averages of 10.4 points,
1.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 481 games, including 252 starts,
over seven seasons.

Atkins originally entered the league as a free agent with the
Orlando Magic during the 1999-00 season and also has spent time
with the Detroit Pistons (2000-04), Boston Celtics (2003-04) and
the Los Angeles Lakers (2004-05).