Wes Unseld, 32, the captain and center of the world champion Washington Bullets, has deceded to play this season, sources told The Washington Post yesterday.

Contacted at his suburban Baltimore home, Unseld said he would "most likely" return for his 11th year in the National Basketball Association.

Unseld indicated last month he might retire after he'd won the Most Valuable Player award in the NBAchampionship series, which the Bullets won over Seattle in seven games. He has been bothered the past several years by painful knees.

"I talked to the Bullets and got a good contract offer," Unseld said yesterday. "It's not that important for me to make a decision now. If I chose to continue, I'll just show up and play."

But informed sources said Unseld told the Bullets he definitely will play this season.

Unseld said he has been jogging, as he normally does in the summer, and playing tennis.

During the regular season Unseld played in 80 of 82 games, averaged 7.5 points and 11.9 rebounds. In the championship series against Seattle he averaged nine points and 11.7 rebounds.

He clinched the deciding game against the Super Sonics with two free throws with 12 second remaining, giving him 15 points and nine rebounds. His basket with 12 seconds to play gave the Bullets a 101-99 victory over Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference title.