In one of the first waves of activity preceding the opening of training camp today at Fort Meade, the Washington Bullets acquired forward/guard Tony Campbell from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for conditional compensation.
Campbell is expected to be in camp today. If Campbell makes the Bullets, they probably would give the Pistons a second- or third-round draft choice, sources said.
It appears unlikely that first-round draft choice Tyrone Bogues will be at this morning's opening session. "All I can say is that negotiations are under way and that progress is being made," said Andy Brandt, the agent representing Bogues.
Campbell, 25, averaged 3.4 points in 40 games with Detroit last season. A No. 1 draft choice from Ohio State in 1984, his best NBA season was in 1985-86, when he played in all 82 regular season games and averaged 7.9 points per contest.
After his promising season in '85-86, Detroit acquired former DeMatha High School star Adrian Dantley and moved Campbell to the off-guard spot to try to get him some playing time. The move really didn't succeed, Campbell remained seated behind Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Vinnie Johnson and some observers began to question his basketball savvy.
"I heard that but I don't know all the time what that means," said Bullets Coach Kevin Loughery. "We haven't seen a lot of him playing in the league but I know that he's willing to work hard. Under the circumstances I don't see where there's a downside for us."
Attempts to reach Campbell were unsuccessful.
The club announced late last night that it has signed free agent guard Ennis Whatley, swing man David Henderson and second-round choice guard Duane Washington.