Bullets to give Paddio a try

January 28, 1994|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

Moving to fill the void of injured guard Rex Chapman, the Washington Bullets yesterday signed Nevada-Las Vegas alum Gerald Paddio to a 10-day contract.

Chapman, who dislocated his right ankle Jan. 17, was placed on the injured list.

Paddio, a 6-foot-7 swingman, has played with four NBA teams, most recently the New York Knicks, who released him on Jan. 20 after a 10-day contract.

Earlier this season Paddio was released by Indiana. He played 70 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1990-91, and 41 games for the Seattle SuperSonics in 1992-93.

General manager John Nash said he was interested in former Bullets guard A. J. English and former Seton Hall standout Andrew Gaze. Unable to secure either of the two, who are playing in Europe, Nash signed Paddio.

"Wes [Unseld's] position was he wanted someone who could shoot from the perimeter," Nash said. "Paddio's been in the league and he's a fairly good perimeter shooter with size. Now Wes can use Mitchell Butler at back-up guard and Paddio at backup small forward."

Paddio, a third-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1988, said he's looking forward to the opportunity with the Bullets.

"I felt this was the best situation for me," Paddio said. "I felt I could stick here the rest of the season if I came here and played hard."

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