Jeff Ruland, a 6-foot-10 center-forward acquired by the Washington Bullets during the 1980 draft with some last-minute wheeling and dealing, has spurned Bullet contract offers and will play in Barcelona, Spain, for a reported $100,000 next season.
"In the contract negotiations, it became obvious he wasn't going to get the playing time he wanted," said Bob Ferry, genreral manager of the Bullets.
"Moneywise, our offer and their offer, there wasn't that much difference," Ferry said. "He probably sat down with a pencil and paper and saw with Mitch Kupchak, Greg Ballard and Dave Corzine -- with everybody healthy -- there wouldn't be that much playing time."
Ruland was Golden State's second choice in the draft, but the Warriors dealt him to Washington for future considerations.
Ferry said the Bullets had not completed their negotiations with the warriors for those considerations.
Ruland, who forfeited his senior year of eligibility at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., for accepting money from agent Paul Corvino, will remain the property of the Bullets should he decide to return to the National Basketball Association.
He led Iona to a 29-5 record last season and was one of six players in the nation to exceed 20 points and 10 rebounds per game while converting more than 50 percent of his shots. His career shooting percentage is 64 percent.