Bullets waive Johnson 2 spots left

November 04, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

With rosters due to the NBA by 6 p.m. today, the Washington Bullets got a little closer to the 12-man limit by placing veteran forward Buck Johnson on waivers yesterday.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed as a free agent with the Bullets before last season after playing six years with the Houston Rockets. In six preseason games, Johnson averaged 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds and shot 34.6 percent from the field.

A first-round pick out of Alabama in 1986, Johnson started four seasons with the Rockets. His best season was 1989-90, when (( he averaged 14.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

With the release of Johnson, the Bullets have 11 guaranteed contracts with the last guaranteed slot expected to be filled by rookie center Gheorghe Muresan. With forwards Larry Stewart and Pervis Ellison expected to start the season in the injured list, that leaves two roster spots available when the Bullets open the season tomorrow night.

What that means is one of the three remaining free agents, Tito Horford, Kenny Walker or Mitchell Butler, is likely to be released by this evening's deadline.

Horford, a two-year pro, could stick with the team as a backup center. Walker, a former first-round pick, has played both forward positions. A player most likely to remain is Butler, who has impressed with his hustle and defensive ability.

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