Wizards trade Whitney to Nuggets for McCloud

Washington adds forward to share time with Russell

Pro Basketball

October 25, 2002|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

Chris Whitney, the Washington Wizards' all-time leading three-point shooter and the last remaining Washington player who wore a Bullets uniform, was traded yesterday to the Denver Nuggets for small forward George McCloud, with the regular-season opener next Wednesday.

Whitney, a nine-year veteran who spent the past seven seasons with the Wizards, appears to be the victim of a logjam at point guard, where Washington had three other players (returnee Tyronn Lue, free agent Larry Hughes and rookie Juan Dixon), who could play at that spot.

Whitney, a 6-foot guard who played at Clemson, could not be reached for comment yesterday, but alluded to the obstacles he faced in making the roster during training camp.

"I don't know," said Whitney earlier this month. "It's not for me to say. I don't worry myself about those things. I just go out there and try to play the game the right way, and let whatever happens, happens. I'm not going to cause any ruffles in the water. I'm just going to go out there. That's been my approach all the way."

Whitney, who played in all 82 games last season, starting all but one, averaged a career-high 10.2 points a game, shooting 88 percent from the foul line, seventh best in the NBA. He played in only one exhibition game this preseason.

Meanwhile, McCloud, 35, a 6-8 forward, starts his 14th NBA season with his seventh different club. He will likely share time at small forward with Bryon Russell. McCloud, who played at Florida State, averaged 8.8 points a game last season and has averaged 9.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for his career.

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