The Washington Bullets are one of two NBA teams who expressed interest in dealing with the New York Knicks for 7-foot-1 center Marvin Webster, but Webster now appears to be headed for another season in Madison Square Garden.
Both Larry Fleisher, Webster's agent, and Bullet General Manager Bob Ferry indicated that Webster and Washington have never been close to agreeing to terms. Webster's contract calls for $600,000 a year and has a no-trade clause.
"Marvin did indicate that Washington was one of the cities he would waive his no-trade (clause) for but I haven't talked to the Knicks about it for a couple of months and I've never talked to anyone from the Bullets about it," Fleisher said yesterday from his New York office.
Ferry said: "I haven't talked to anyone about trades since the draft. The only thing I've talked to New York about is possible exhibition games. I like him (Webster) as a player, but there's just nothing to it. It's one of those things where if I say I don't like him, it's a lie and if I say I do like him, everyone thinks I'm after him. Around now, I'm too busy trying to sign my players."
Just before the NBA draft, according to sources, the Bullets were willing to trade forward Mitch Kupchak for Webster but the Knicks wouldn't take the chance on Kupchak, who is coming off back surgery.
Instead, the Knicks were interested in 6-7 forward Greg Ballard, but Washington wouldn't consider parting with Ballard, who has steadily improved and has great potential.
The Portland Trail Blazers were more determined to land Webster. But negotiations proved fruitless when the Knicks sought a bunch of first-round draft picks.
The Portland negotiations were moot, anyway since Webster had no intention of going to Portland, according to Fleisher.
New Jersey and Washington, due to their proximity to Webster's native Baltimore, were the only two places for which Webster would consider waiving his no-trade clause.
Webster became dispensable in New York after 7-0 center Bill Cartwright had a sensational rookie season for the Knicks.
Webster spent much of the season resting with knee problems yet near the end of last season, the Knicks went out of the way to showcase Websters' full recovery to the rest of the league with extensive playing time.
The Bullets were interested in Webster and, subsequentialy, so was new Washington Coach Gene Shue, who loves shot-blocking big men. However, Ferry and Fleisher are both assuming Webster will stay in New York.
"I just don't see anything happening," concluded Fleisher. "Marvin will be back with the Knicks."