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Wizards Trade Alexander to Hornets

June 25, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Washington Wizards traded guard Courtney Alexander to the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday for the 17th pick in the NBA draft.

Washington will have two first-round picks Wednesday night, including its own at No. 11.

``Although we gave up a talented player in Courtney Alexander, we are excited to add another first-round selection,″ Wizards general manager Wes Unseld said.

Alexander, 25, was acquired by the Wizards in February 2001 in a seven-player trade that sent Juwan Howard to the Dallas Mavericks.

In 121 NBA games, he averaged 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Last season, in 56 games, half of which were starts, he averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

Alexander served as Richard Hamilton’s backup last season, a role Michael Jordan said would be more to suitable to him should he come back for a second season with the Wizards.

The Hornets, who moved from Charlotte after last season, finished 44-38 last season. They lost to New Jersey in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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