Bullets' roster crowded with 13 healthy bodies Cut due today

Foster vulnerable PRO BASKETBALL

December 01, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

With veteran guards Rex Chapman recovered from the lower back spasms that kept him on the five-game injured list and Michael Adams declared fit after missing three games with a groin pull, the Washington Bullets had 13 healthy bodies at practice yesterday, one more than the NBA roster limit.

That left general manager John Nash with the task of making a deal or cutting a player before tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Capital Centre.

Rookie free agent Doug Overton, who started the season on the injured list as the 13th man, apparently has earned a roster spot with his solid play the past two weeks as an emergency backcourt replacement, averaging 10.1 points and 4.3 assists.

Nash is more likely to try to move a frontcourt player, with third-year reserve center Greg Foster the most vulnerable.

Even when starting center Pervis Ellison missed five games with a sore knee, the 6-foot-11 Foster, a second-round pick from Texas-El Paso in 1990, saw scant action, playing 93 minutes in 10 games, averaging 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds.

Coach Wes Unseld preferred giving more playing time to defense-minded Charles Jones.

Yesterday, Foster made it clear he wants to be traded, and his New York-based agent, Terrel Harris, asked Nash for permission to discuss Foster with rival NBA teams.

"I definitely feel I deserve better than what's happened to me here," said Foster, who concentrated on improving his rebounding and defense in the preseason. "I came to camp this summer and worked real hard. But apparently I don't fit in with Wes' style of play or system.

"The way things are now, I feel like I'm standing still. In my heart, I feel I can contribute to any team in this league, but it's no good for me sitting all the time and not getting any experience."

Nash, who reportedly was seeking a future draft choice for Foster, said no one has made a concrete offer.

"It's a Catch-22 situation," said Harris. "Most teams have 12 or 13 players with guaranteed contracts. They all want to move them for draft picks, but it's not that easy."

NOTES: Chapman said his back gave him no problem in practice, but he felt slightly winded after the team scrimmage. Adams said he is ready to start again, with his groin fully healed. Unseld's starting five of Adams, Chapman, Ellison, Harvey Grant and Tom Gugliotta has been together for only six games.

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