Ex-Terp Burns heads for Italy

March 04, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

Former Woodlawn and Maryland basketball player Evers Burns said Wednesday night that he was leaving yesterday for Italy to play with a professional team outside Milan.

Burns, a second-round draft pick of the Sacramento Kings last summer, was cut by the NBA team two weeks ago after a two-for-one trade with the Detroit Pistons squeezed the 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward off the roster.

"It's a great opportunity for me," said Burns, who will play for Verase while the Kings pay the rest of his NBA-minimum $150,000 salary. "Ijust want to go someplace where I can get some minutes and play."

After getting into great shape last spring and putting himself in position to be drafted with some eye-opening performances at a couple of all-star games, Burns came into the Kings' camp overweight. He began the season on the injured list and was mostly the last player off the bench after being activated.

According to former Maryland star Len Elmore, who represents Burns, a potential 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers fell through earlier this week.

It left the possibility of going either to the Continental Basketball Association or to Europe.

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