Bullets cut Foster, activate Chapman

December 02, 1992|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Greg Foster's fragile two-year relationship with coach Wes Unseld and the Washington Bullets ended yesterday when the 6-foot-11 reserve center was waived to make room on the roster for guard Rex Chapman, coming off the injured list.

General manager John Nash said he tried unsuccessfully to trade Foster for a draft pick and will now have to pay him the remainder of his $435,000 contract this season.

"Waiving a player is always tough, and this time is no different," Nash said. "But the quality of play of [rookie] Doug Overton at guard forced us to make a decision with our roster."

Overton, a free agent who reported late to training camp after playing in Sydney, Australia, this summer, proved to be a valuable backcourt addition when Unseld was without his two starters -- point guard Michael Adams and Chapman.

"All five of our guards [including Overton, Brent Price and LaBradford Smith] have missed at least three games," Unseld said. "That's why I felt it was important keeping a fifth guard on the roster."

Unseld said he was unhappy with Foster's commitment to rebounding and defense. He had given the third-year center scant playing time, even when starter Pervis Ellison missed five games with a sore knee.

Foster played 93 minutes in 10 games, averaging 2.4 points and 2.2 rebounds. Dissatisfied with his lack of play, he requested a trade last week.

"Most teams have full rosters right now," Nash said. "Rather than make a deal, if they want Foster, they can pick him up for the $140,000 waiver price."

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