The Los Angeles Lakers traded forward Orlando Woolridge to the Denver Nuggets yesterday in exchange for No. 2 draft choices in 1993 and 1995.
The deal came amid rumors that the Lakers are about make a blockbuster deal.
With the salary cap just raised, "this puts us in a position to do other things," a Lakers spokesman said. "Whether we'll be able to, we'll see."
One rumor has involved Akeem Olajuwon. The Houston center has asked to be traded. The Lakers reportedly have offered Byron Scott, A.C. Green and Vlade Divac, but have been turned down. Lakers General Manager Jerry West vehemently denied that proposal. . . .
The Celtics said they will allow Yugoslav Dino Radja to play in Italy the next two years with Il Messaggero Roma, who signed the center to a five-year contract. Boston selected Radja in last year's draft and retains his NBA rights.
"We think the kid's an NBA player but not for us right now," Celtics President Dave Gavitt said. "Having him play two years in Europe while we have his rights -- and part of the deal is that there will be a window of availability after two years -- we are really protecting ourselves."