- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

Despite an injury-plagued sophomore season that saw his playing time and productivity reduced, shooting guard Courtney Alexander is the Washington Wizards player most general managers are inquiring about as Wednesday's NBA Draft approaches.
"He didn't have quite the season that everyone expected him to have, but there's no denying the talent that Courtney has," said one Western Conference general manager who talked under conditions of anonymity.
The Wizards would not comment, but at least five GMs called by The Washington Times confirmed teams are asking about the guard.
It will not be easy to move Alexander unless he is packaged with another player, and that does not seem likely.
Alexander has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $6.42million deal. Last season Alexander made approximately $1.42million, and next year's salary won't be substantially higher. As a result, the Wizards would have to put together a deal involving Alexander and another player to receive anyone of quality in return because the salary figures must be similar.
One deal the team might consider is packaging Alexander with center Jahidi White, a player who has drawn interest from Western Conference contenders looking for a player to bang with the Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal in spurts. White has three years remaining on his four-year, $25million deal.
After averaging 17 points a game and being named NBA rookie of the month following his 2001 trade to the Wizards from Dallas, Alexander averaged just 9.8 points while appearing in only 56 games last season. Alexander missed time because of an ankle injury that plagued him most of the season.
What might have caused Alexander the most trouble was Richard Hamilton, who seized the starting shooting guard's job at the start of the season and never let go. Some team sources suggested Alexander never recovered after losing the battle for the starting role.

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