Forward Tom Gugliotta, the Washington Bullets' 1992 lottery pick, still is leaning toward playing in Europe this winter, but the team yesterday came to terms with Oklahoma guard Brent Price, its second-round selection.
The reported three-year contract is expected to be signed today, but Bullets general manager John Nash would not disclose terms of the agreement reached with Price's agent, Richard Howell, of Atlanta, who also represents Gugliotta.
Howell, who was seeking a three-year pact worth more than $900,000, said, "We're very pleased with Brent's contract, and we're certain he'll prove a valuable addition to the Bullets."
Price, the younger brother of the Cleveland Cavaliers' All-Star guard Mark Price, averaged 18.7 points last season with the Sooners and led the Big Eight Conference in assists (6.2 per game).
An excellent outside shooter who made 39 percent (76 of 194) of his three-point attempts, Price also will be groomed by the Bullets as Michael Adams' backup at point guard.
The position proved a major trouble spot for Washington last season with coach Wes Unseld unable to find a worthy understudy to run his motion offense.
The Bullets elected not to re-sign reserve guard Andre Turner, who is now playing in Spain, and second-year guard LaBradford Smith has yet to exhibit playmaking skills.
"Brent is a lot like Mark," said Howell. "A lot of pro scouts didn't think Mark could play the point when he came out of college, but he proved otherwise."
There has been no movement in the attempt to sign Gugliotta. A source close to the N.C. State star said he is "mulling over three lucrative European offers" from teams in Italy, Spain and Greece.
He reportedly has been offered more than $2 million a year to play for POAK in Athens.