The Washington Bullets signed free-agent guard David Wingate yesterday, but refused to disclose the terms of the agreement.
Wingate, a 6-foot-5 guard who was born in Baltimore and played his high school ball at Dunbar, has played five seasons in the NBA, most recently two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. In 25 games with the Spurs last season, he averaged 5.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game. During the 1989-90 season, Wingate played in 78 games, the most in his career, averaging 6.8 points and 2.7 assists.
Wingate was last in the headlines last March, when a rape charge in Howard County was placed on a "stet" docket, meaning the case will be dropped if he has no other trouble with the law in the next year. Another rape charge in San Antonio last winter was dropped, and a civil suit by the alleged victim was settled out of court.
Originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers on the second round in 1986, Wingate played three seasons for the Sixers before being traded to San Antonio in August of 1989. He averaged 8.8 points each of his first two seasons.