On the morning after scoring 33 points in 36 minutes in his second day as a member of the Washington Bullets, Bernard King took time out to learn his new team's offense.

Then, shortly after the workout at Fort Meade, King rested.

"I feel pretty good but I'm a little tired -- that's to be expected I guess," said the forward with a laugh. "I'm just pleased we won, it's always good to start a season with a win instead of a loss."

King's contributions to Washington's 113-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in their NBA exhibition finale were just one piece of a puzzle that seemingly changed with each day of training camp. Further changes came last night as the team began its cutdown, waiving guard Ennis Whatley (who started 72 games last season and had a good training camp), forward Herb Johnson and swingman Tony Campbell.

"I didn't think he played nearly as well as he did last year," Coach Kevin Loughery said of Whatley. "There was definitely a numbers problem at his position. Maybe he felt that, annd it affected him."

Whatley, signed by the Bullets in January 1986, averaged 4.2 points in the preseason. Johnson, signed by the Bullets as a free agent, played in four games and averaged 3.0 points. Campbell, acquired from Detroit before the start of camp, also played in four games and averaged 6.9 points before suffering a broken nose in a scrimmage last week.

The cuts reduced the Bullets' roster to 14, two above the NBA limit. The Bullets have until midnight Thursday to get to 12 players.

Further changes were evident on the court yesterday as guard Frank Johnson practiced for the first time since signing his new contract on Monday. Also, guard Darrell Walker and forward Mark Alarie, acquired from Denver in a trade for Michael Adams and Jay Vincent, arrived in town and joined their new teammates for last night's practice.

"That's the problem we have, that we start on Friday, but it's something that we figured might be a problem because of the moratorium {that banned trades until Oct. 1} -- there wasn't a lot of time to maneuver players," said Loughery, considering his team's relative state of flux. "We've improved our scoring and our team speed, which are two things we really wanted to do. I'm happy with the people we have -- if they perform physically."

If his 22.7 average in a six-game trial at the end of last season was any indication, King, the league's leading scorer in the 1984-85 season, still is capable of putting large numbers on the scoreboard. The question is, how often will he be able to? The fact that he was able to scrimmage Monday morning, play most of the game that night then practice yesterday could be a good sign.

At yesterday's workout, King was running through the team's plays with the members of the first unit: Moses and Jeff Malone, Terry Catledge and Tyrone Bogues -- another indication that the Bullets aren't counting on him merely to play sporadically.

King, still basking in the glow of his new environment, said he could accept coming off the bench.

"There are a strong group of eight, nine or 10 players here and that's what a team needs if it's going to win in the NBA," he said. "Everyone here will be able to make a contribution -- some of the guys on our bench would be starting for other teams."

It's doubtful that Dale Blaney, David Henderson and Patrick Fairs fall into that category right now. The first two are rookie free agents, the last is a fifth-round draft choice; all are contending for what appears to be the last spot on the roster.

The Bullets' front court personnel would appear set with Moses Malone and Manute Bol at center and King, Catledge, John Williams, Alarie and Jay Murphy at forward, although one of the latter two players could be bumped if veteran free agent Charles Jones is re-signed.

That leaves five guard spots, four to be filled by Jeff Malone, Bogues, Walker and Johnson. Because Walker and probably Johnson can play both the point and off guard spots, Whatley became the odd man out.