Tuesday , Aug , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Wizards deal Brown to Lakers in four-player swap

=== Wizards deal Brown to Lakers in four-player swap ===

Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Wizards and Lakers completed a trade
Tuesday which sends forward Kwame Brown and guard Laron Profit to Los Angeles
and guard Chucky Atkins and swingman Caron Butler to Washington.

Brown, a restricted free agent, has never lived up to expectations since being
chosen out of high school by the Wizards with the No. 1 overall pick in the
2001 draft.

In four years with 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 last fall from the
Wizards, endured an injury-plagued campaign last season 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.

Profit, a three-year NBA veteran out of Maryland, averaged 10.3 points and 2.7
rebounds in 10 games after signing with Washington as a free agent at the
start of the 2004-05 season.

The Wizards, meanwhile, receive two players that will help an up-and-coming
squad that reached the postseason in 2005 for the first time in eight years.

“I’m pleased that we’ve added two talented players to our rotation, said
Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan in a release. “Caron is a proven scorer in
this league, and Chucky will really stretch the defense for us. They also
bring playoff experience to our roster.”

Butler had his best season as a pro in 2004-05, averaging 15.5 points and 5.8
rebounds in 77 games. It was his only season with the Lakers, who acquired him
from Miami as part of the Shaquille O’Neal deal.

In three NBA seasons, the former University of Connecticut star has averaged
13.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was the 10th overall pick of the
2002 draft, and is expected to take over the role vacated by Larry Hughes,
who signed as a free agent with Cleveland.

Atkins started all 82 regular-season games for the Lakers last season and
averaged career highs with 13.6 points and 2.4 rebounds. He also doled out 4.4
assists per game and finished the season ranked ninth in the NBA with 176
three-pointers made.

“Chucky has experience as a starter in this league, and also has been a
valuable contributor off the bench,” said Wizards president of basketball
operations Ernie Grunfeld. “He is a good three-point shooter and a tough
defender.”

Entering his seventh NBA season, Atkins, who will play for his fifth team, has
averaged 10.7 points and 3.7 assists. He began his career with Orlando in 1999
and has also played for Detroit and Boston before his trade to the Lakers last
August.

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