Wizards, Atkins agree to contract buyout

WASHINGTON -- Chucky Atkins and the Washington Wizards
agreed Wednesday to a buyout of the veteran guard's contract.

Atkins, who didn't appear in Washington's past five games, said
he wanted to play more minutes because he's in the final year of
his contract.
"He has been a real professional and this will allow him an
opportunity to look for a situation that will give him the playing
time that he desires," Wizards president of basketball operations
Ernie Grunfeld said.
Atkins, acquired during the offseason in the trade that sent
Kwame Brown to the Los Angeles Lakers, was due to make $4.5 million this season.
He started two games for the Wizards this season, averaging 6.7
points and 2.5 assists in just under 20 minutes per game. His
playing time varied wildly in Washington, ranging from fewer than
10 minutes in some games to as many as 45.
He recently missed four games to be with his wife while she gave
birth. He was inactive when he returned for Monday's game against