Thursday , Jul , 14 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Lakers acquire Kwame Brown

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers have apparently
acquired restricted free agent center Kwame Brown from the Washington Wizards
in exchange for forward Caron Butler and either guard Chucky Atkins or forward
Devean George.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 23-year-old Brown will receive a two-
year guaranteed deal from the Lakers with the team holding an option for a
third season.

The deal, though, cannot be officially announced until the league moratorium
is lifted July 22.

Brown has never lived up to expectations since being chosen with the No. 1
overall pick in the 2001 draft by the Wizards.

In four years in Washington the 6-foot-11 Brown, who was the first high
school player ever taken with the top pick, has averaged just 7.7 points with
5.5 rebounds and 0.7 blocks. His best season came in 2003-04 when the 23-
year-old South Carolina native scored 10.9 points and grabbed 7.4 boards in 74
games.

Brown, who rejected a multi-year contract extension in the fall from the
Wizards, endured an injury-plagued campaign a year ago and averaged 7.0
points and 4.9 rebounds in 42 regular-season games. He was then suspended by
the team in the playoffs after complaining about playing time and missing a
practice.

Butler, meanwhile, will fill the role in Washington vacated by Larry Hughes,
who will reportedly sign a free agent deal in Cleveland. One of the three
players acquired by LA from Miami in the Shaquille O’Neal trade, Butler scored
15.5 points, while grabbing 5.8 rebounds in 77 games for the Lakers last
season.

Washington will likely choose Atkins to complete the deal. The 30-year-old
Atkins is coming off a career-best 13.6 point-a-game season, but at 5-foot-11
does not fit new head coach Phil Jackson’s triangle offense, which has
historically worked better with taller guards.

WAS