Former Bullet guard Phil Chenier was placed on waivers by the Indiana Pacers yesterday, apparently ending his nine-year National Basketball Association career.

Troubled by back problems the past two seasons, Chenier was traded by Bullets conditionally to the Pacers Dec. 4 for "future considerations."

Under the terms of the trade, if Chenier didn't complete the season with the Pacers because of his back problems, the trade would be voided.

Chenier started having back spasms a couple of weeks ago and hasn't played for Indiana since Jan. 30. He averaged 5.9 points per game and shot 39 percent while with the Pacers. He started out as their third guard but fell to the fifth-guard spot before being injured.

Chenier has a guaranteed contract. It was learned that the Bullets, not the Pacers, will be responsible for paying the remainder of his contract.

In Chenier's place, the Pacers signed Ron Carter, who played six games for Indiana early in the season before being waived. A 6-foot-5, 190-pound, second-year guard out of VMI, Carter averaged 2.8 points in his six games. He averaged 3.1 points last year with the Los Angeles Lakers.