Wizards sign G Chris Whitney

Updated: August 26, 2003, 11:26 AM ET

WASHINGTON - The Washington Wizards on Monday brought back guard free agent Chris Whitney, the franchise leader in 3-pointers and free throw percentage.

Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

The 31-year-old Whitney split last season between the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic, averaging 7.0 points and 2.8 assists.

"We're extremely pleased to add an established veteran player like Chris Whitney to our roster," Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said. "Chris is a quality person who will help us both on and off the court, and is an outstanding professional for our young players to emulate."

Entering his 11th NBA season, Whitney is the franchise leader in three-point field goals made (481) and free throw percentage (.878) for players with at least 700 attempts.

Whitney was originally drafted in the second round of the 1993 draft by San Antonio. He signed a 10-day contract with Washington in March 1996 and remained with the team for the next eight seasons before being traded last October 24 to Denver for George McCloud. Whitney played in 29 games for Denver before being traded to Orlando where he saw action in 22 games and played for the Magic in the playoffs last spring.

In 563 regular season games, Whitney has career averages of 6.6 points and 2.8 assists per game. He enjoyed his best season in 2001-2002, when he started 81 games for Washington and averaged a career-high 10.2 points per game while ranking fourth in the NBA in assists to turnover ratio.

Whitney has played in all 82 regular-season games in four of his eight seasons in Washington.

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