Even as they prepared to welcome forward Bernard King to their team, the Washington Bullets were said to be considering a number of other personnel moves yesterday.

King, 30, the NBA's leading scorer in the 1984-85 season as a member of the New York Knicks, will officially join the Bullets at midnight tonight when New York's right of first refusal to the veteran's services expires.

At that time, the deal, which began with a reported two-year, $2 million-plus offer sheet from Washington to King on Oct. 16, will be complete. The Bullets will acquire King without losing any of their current players or future draft choices to New York.

"He {Knicks General Manager Al Bianchi} told me that he was going to just let it expire, but nothing's done until it's done," said Bullets General Manager Bob Ferry. "I won't feel good about anything until Bernard's here and playing."

King is expected to take part in his first practice with the Bullets on Sunday evening at Fort Meade. He may be joined there by free agent guard Frank Johnson. According to sources, Johnson, a six-year Bullets veteran, took his team physical yesterday, an indication he may be close to coming to terms. Johnson declined to comment.

The addition of King and possibly Johnson may not be the only changes for the Bullets in the near future.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported yesterday that Washington was talking with the 76ers about a possible trade involving reserve center Manute Bol and forward Jay Vincent or Terry Catledge, who came to Washington along with Moses Malone before the start of last season in exchange for Jeff Ruland and forward Cliff Robinson.

According to the report, Robinson would be one of the players Philadelphia would consider trading back to Washington in the proposed deal, along with center Chris Welp, the 76ers' first pick in last June's college draft.

Robinson, who averaged more than 18 points a game in his two seasons with the Bullets, is currently an unsigned free agent. According to NBA rules, a free agent cannot be traded unless he's signed to a contract.

Asked about the report, Ferry said, "I don't know where that got started."

Philadelphia General Manager John Nash said Robinson's free agent status is one reason the trade talk is simply not true, adding that the two teams "don't have the semblance of a deal. The way negotiations have gone, we don't expect Cliff to sign soon. If we were going to trade him, we would have just signed him and been done with it. If Washington wanted him, they could have signed him to an offer sheet. After getting King, I would think they'd just want to take a look at their roster now."

Nash did admit that the 76ers have had an interest in Bol, the 7-foot-6 center who finished first and second in the NBA in blocked shots his first two years in the league.

"We've talked on and off with them, as well as with a lot of other teams since last summer," Nash said. "Usually when we talk, our interest is in centers and we ask what it would take to get a certain player. With Washington, we asked if Manute figured in their plans and they said they weren't certain, that they wanted to look at their club."

Vincent might be attractive to the 76ers because the team lacks perimeter scoring from the forward spot. Robinson, a good outside shooter, averaged just 14.8 points for Philadelphia last season and missed 27 games with a variety of injuries. Earlier this week, the club reportedly offered him a contract worth $697,000 plus incentives, but he balked at the deal.