Nash to mull new tactics on Howard

October 22, 1994|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

Apparently the "new approach" that Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin has suggested John Nash take in contract talks with Juwan Howard will begin next week. Nash, the team's general manager, retreated to his Philadelphia home yesterday.

Perhaps Nash will take a few days to plot his strategy to get the team's first-round pick into uniform in time for the team's opening game against the Orlando Magic on Nov. 4.

Nash, with his travels, was unavailable for comment yesterday. Howard's agent, David Falk, remained elusive -- for the second day in a row he did not return phone calls by The Sun to his office.

For the Washington fans who are clamoring for Howard to don a Bullets uniform -- it's the talk of the sports radio shows in the nation's capital -- at least it's a good sign that Nash and Falk have resumed talks after nearly a month of silence.

Washington's offer is $30.7 million over 10 years. Howard is seeking $24 million over six years. Falk is apparently unhappy with the $1.4 million salary that's being offered to Howard in the first year -- significantly less than the $2 million that No. 6 pick Sharone Wright is scheduled to make his first season.

Falk could provide the answers to the problem; he also represents the Bullets' Rex Chapman and Calbert Cheaney, and could ask his clients to restructure their contracts. That could provide Howard with more money in his first year than Wright and put him in a Bullets uniform.

Only three of the top 10 picks of the 1994 draft remain unsigned: Howard, Glenn Robinson (No. 1, by Milwaukee) and Brian Grant (No. 8, by Sacramento). Robinson reportedly is seeking a long-term deal worth more than $100 million -- more than what the Milwaukee franchise is reportedly worth.

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