The Washington Bullets expect to name Fred Carter assistant coach sometime next week, Coach Gene Shue said today.

Carter, a former assistant with the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls, was fired a month ago by the Bulls along with Bill Blair and head coach Kevin Loughery by the team's new ownership.

Shortly after it became apparent that Bernie Bickerstaff would be named head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics and vacate his assistant coaching job with the Bullets, the team began to talk with Carter. Those talks came to a head here at the annual National Basketball Association meetings, where Carter and his wife shared a table with Shue and his spouse during the league's award luncheon.

Shue said the appointment hasn't been made official because Carter still must meet with Washington General Manager Bob Ferry. Ferry missed the meetings because of an illness in his family.

"I'm looking forward to coming out and trying to help the team," Carter said today. "They've got some good personnel."

Carter, out of Mount St. Mary's College in Maryland, began an eight-year NBA playing career with the 1969-71 Bullets, then based in Baltimore. Carter, who once coached the Mount St. Mary's women's varsity, is known, like Bickerstaff, as an instructor. During his time in Atlanta, Carter worked extensively with forward Tom McMillen, developing his offensive game. McMillen, now of the Bullets, was quick to acknowledge Carter's help last season when he won the NBA player of the week award.