Free-agent guard Atkins signs with Denver

Updated: July 16, 2007, 2:20 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets have signed free-agent guard Chucky Atkins, days after point guard Steve Blake returned to Portland.

Chucky Atkins

Atkins

Atkins, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 assists last year with the Memphis Grizzlies, the second-highest averages of his eight-year career.

"Chucky will be a great addition to our team," Nuggets vice president for basketball operations Mark Warkentien said Monday. "He is a proven veteran who can really shoot the basketball."

Atkins, 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, spent a season and a half in Memphis after stints with Orlando, Detroit, Boston, the Lakers and Washington.

The eight-year veteran has averaged 10.8 points, 3.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 599 games. His 3-point shooting percentage is .370, including .369 (180-488) in 161 appearances with the Grizzlies.

"I'm very excited to be a Nugget," Atkins said. "This is a great situation for me and I'm looking forward to winning a championship here in Denver."

Blake, who signed a free-agent deal with the Trail Blazers last week, averaged 8.3 points and 6.6 assists in 49 games with Denver last season.

This will be Blake's second stint with the Blazers. He played for the team in 2005-06, averaging 8.2 points and 4.5 assists. He still has an offseason home in the area.

Blake told the Rocky Mountain News he was returning to Portland because the Nuggets appeared on the verge of signing Atkins.


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