NBA lets Bullets move Eackles to indefinite-suspension list

November 18, 1990|By Alan Goldstein

Washington Bullets guard Ledell Eackles, still considered several weeks away from being in playing condition, was moved from the five-day suspension list to the indefinite-suspension list yesterday after the team received approval from National Basketball Association director of operations Rod Thorn.

"The league is satisfied that this is a legitimate situation," said general manager John Nash, who, two weeks ago, was granted permission to put forward John Williams on indefinite suspension.

In Eackles' case, it will allow the Bullets more time to decide who will be cut to make room on the roster for Eackles, who signed Monday after a long contract stalemate.

Eackles, 6 feet 5, was expected to be a starter this season, replacing the traded Jeff Malone. Eackles was due to come off his five-day suspension last night when the Bullets played the Boston Celtics.

"He's just not ready to play," said Nash. "He's still about 10 pounds overweight. It's a disappointment, but it's not like we didn't anticipate it."

Eackles will continue to engage in two-a-day workouts with assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik and conditioning coach Dennis Householder.

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