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Suns Trade Brown to Bucks for Hancock, Draft Pick

December 5, 1996

PHOENIX (AP) _ The Phoenix Suns began shaking up their roster Wednesday by trading forward Chucky Brown to the Milwaukee Bucks for swingman Darrin Hancock and a conditional second-round draft pick.

Brown, one of four players the Suns acquired from Houston in the Charles Barkley trade, had seen limited action in Phoenix. He played in 10 of the Suns’ 15 games, averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 8.3 minutes.

Brown, an eight-year veteran, was told of the trade just prior to Phoenix’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

``I was dressed and (assistant coach) Paul Silas came and told me,″ Brown said. ``I don’t know if I saw it coming. I know I was asked today if I would go on the injured list. I didn’t want to go on the injured list if I wasn’t really hurt.″

Brown, 28, joins his seventh team in eight NBA seasons. He spent 2 1/2 seasons with Cleveland, then bounced to the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey and Dallas before landing in the Continental Basketball Association.

He was called up from the CBA by Houston, where he was a member of the Rockets’ back-to-back championship teams in 1994 and 1995.

The Suns have been looking to shake up their roster in the wake of a franchise-worst 0-13 start. Phoenix entered Tuesday night’s game with a 1-14 record.

``The toughest part was thinking you could make their record a little better and not being able to help out,″ Brown said.

Hancock was in his first season with Milwaukee, but had seen limited action. He appeared in just eight games for the Bucks, playing an average of 4.6 minutes.

He was a second-round draft pick by Charlotte, but played a season in France before joining the Hornets in 1994. He averaged 3.9 points in his two seasons with Charlotte.

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