ATLANTA, DEC. 15 -- The Atlanta Hawks have acquired second-year forward/center Chris Washburn from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the rights to Ken Barlow, who is currently playing in Israel, the NBA club announced today.

Washburn, 22, was the third player chosen in the 1986 NBA draft. He left North Carolina State after his sophomore season.

"Chris is a 22-year-old player of enormous potential," said Hawks President and General Manager Stan Kasten. "He's as gifted an athlete as one could find in a seven-footer and he's the type of athlete that we always want for our team."

Washburn was averaging 4.1 points a game this season.

He will join the Hawks Wednesday and be in uniform when Atlanta travels to Milwaukee Friday night.

"For a player in my situation, the trade is beneficial," said Washburn. "I think I can do positive things for the Hawks. I need to be on a young team like the Hawks."

Barlow, a 6-foot-10 forward from Notre Dame, was acquired by the Hawks from the Los Angeles Lakers along with Mike McGee for the rights to Billy Thompson and Ron Kellogg in 1986.

The Hawks traded McGee to the Sacramento Kings on Monday for a second-round draft choice in 1991 and another in 1995.

Barlow played in Italy last year and averaged 16.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in 30 games. His statistics in Israel were not available.