Grizzlies re-sign guard Atkins to one-year contract

Updated: July 31, 2006, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies re-signed guard Chucky Atkins to a one-year contract on Monday.

Chucky Atkins

Atkins averaged 11.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 43 games with the Grizzlies after signing with them on Jan. 23 -- five days after agreeing to a buyout of his contract with Washington. He was averaging 6.7 points and 2.5 assists with the Wizards, but was dissatisfied with his playing time.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Having him and Damon Stoudamire as experienced point guards who can mentor our younger players is invaluable to this team," Grizzlies president Jerry West said in a statement.

The 5-11, 185-pound Atkins joined the league as a free agent with Orlando in 1999 and has also played for Detroit, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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