Grizzlies sign Atkins to help depleted backcourt

Updated: January 23, 2006, 4:05 PM ET
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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).