General Manager Bob Ferry said the Bullets, with the 10th and 22nd picks in the first round and two picks in the second round of the June 28 National Basketball Association college draft, may trade for a better draft position and they may go into the free agent market, as well.
"Because of all of the coaching changes, I haven't been able to get a good idea of what the other teams want to do. I'll do a lot of working the next couple of weeks," said Ferry, who is in New York for the league meeting this week.
"I think there will be a lot of talk and a lot of rumors coming from the meetings, and when everyone gets back home, the phones will start ringing," he said. "It's the preliminary stuff that gets done at the meetings."
Ferry said the Bullets are interested in "trading up, if the right deal is there," and they are also looking closely at the list of 69 free agents for help.
The Bullets' first pick in the first round is their own, and the other belonged, originally, to the Los Angeles Lakers, but came to the Bullets as part of the deal that sent Mitch Kupchak to Los Angeles.
The Bullets also have the Detroit Pistons' second-round pick (32nd overall) from a prior trade involving Larry Wright, and their own second-round selection (34th pick overall).
Washington also had the Houston Rockets' second round pick (25th overall), but gave it to the Chicago Bulls as compensation for signing free agent guard Ricky Sobers midway through last season. The Bullets had obtained the pick for Elvin Hayes.
Ferry said that even if the Bullets can't obtain a higher draft position, they will still improve themselves through the draft.
"I hope to get a couple of good players," Ferry said. "They might not be in the positions we want when we pick, so we might just have to take the best player available.
"I think had not all those underclassmen come out as juniors last year, this would have been one of the greatest drafts of all time. Now it's just an ordinary draft."
The Rockets, picking first, said they will take Virginia's Ralph Sampson and Indiana, picking second, is expected to take Missouri center Steve Stipanovich.