Monday , Dec , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Chucky Atkins Would Welcome Trade to Orlando Magic

The veteran point guard is buried in Karl’s playing rotation, often relegated to extended mop-up duty or spot minutes when the game still has meaning. That’s why Atkins perks up when he hears his name has been mentioned in trade talks involving the Orlando Magic.

"It would be perfect for me," Atkins, an Orlando native, said Sunday. "It would be an opportunity to play. It’s home. I can’t turn it down."

Orlando general manager Otis Smith told Florida Today that he has talked to Denver management about Atkins but nothing is imminent as the Magic explores options to add depth at the point.

Depending on the players involved, trading Atkins could benefit the Nuggets as they try to get under the luxury-tax threshold.