The agent for Len Bias, Maryland's all-America basketball player, said his client would "love to play in Washington," although he has heard nothing official yet about that possibility from the Bullets.
The possible scenario emerged Tuesday night when Bullets owner Abe Pollin said he told the team's general manager, Bob Ferry, to explore the chances of making a trade that would enable Washington to gain a spot in the NBA's lottery, in which the league's seven worst teams draw to determine the order of the top seven draft positions. Pollin said he was interested in acquiring Bias.
Bias, a 6-foot-8 forward who played at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, is expected to be among the top five picks in the June draft.
Lee Fentress of Advantage International said Bias was excited about the possibility of playing professionally at home.
"I spoke to him this morning and he was overjoyed at the prospect of staying in the area," Fentress said. "He'd love to play in Washington. It'd be marvelous."
Bias could not be reached for comment.
Ferry, who was in Hawaii scouting players at the Aloha Classic, also could not be reached for comment, but Bullets Coach Kevin Loughery said Bias would be a outstanding addition to any team.
"What I'm doing is trying to win games, but also make evaluations of all the talent that we have," Loughery said. "I'll present my evaluations to Bob and Mr. Pollin at the end of the season.
"Len Bias has great potential. He's a good athlete and can score inside and out. He'll be an asset to any program, and since, obviously, he is a local product, he'd be more of an asset here. But as the draft stands now . . . I mean he'll be in the top two or three."
Pollin said Tuesday, "I guess the only guy who's not tradeable is me."
The Bullets who probably would draw the most interest from other teams include Jeff Malone, Jeff Ruland, Cliff Robinson and Manute Bol.
"I read the story, but it's out of the players' hands," Malone said yesterday at Capital Centre. "They're doing what's best for the team. I've been happy here in the three years I've been here. If I get traded, I'll just have to accept it. That's part of the business."
Robinson and Bol, who also were at Capital Centre, declined to comment.
Ruland was reached by phone at home. "You want a reaction?" he said, then hung up.