Bullets pondering Duckworth for McDaniel trade

January 20, 1995|By Jerry Bembry

Washington Bullets center Kevin Duckworth, who has missed eight straight games because of a sore Achilles' tendon, has been the topic of trade talks the past week between the Bullets and the Boston Celtics.

The Bullets apparently want a deal that would send Duckworth to the Celtics for disgruntled forward Xavier McDaniel. But the Celtics' ability to buy McDaniel out of his contract at the end of this season makes it unlikely that they will make the deal for Duckworth, who has this year and next left on his contract.

It's the second time this season that the Bullets have discussed shopping Duckworth. Last month, Bullets general manager John Nash talked to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Duckworth is averaging 9.8 points and 6.2 rebounds but has not played since a nine-minute stint at Indiana on Jan. 4.

A deal to Boston wouldn't earn Duckworth additional playing time, as rookie center Eric Montross has been impressive.

McDaniel sounded off about his lack of playing time -- "let me go in a different direction" -- just before Boston's game against the Bullets on Jan. 9. With the off-season acquisition of Dominique Wilkins at small forward, McDaniel's minutes have decreased.

McDaniel has played in just 25 of Boston's 37 games, averaging 8.5 points. He scored 14 points in 25 minutes of Boston's 121-93 loss to Miami on Wednesday.

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