The Washington Bullets, uncertain at the off-guard spot with Ledell Eackles holding out, traded a 1993 second-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for guard Mike Morrison, the former Loyola (Md.) College standout and a D.C. native. The pick is conditional on Morrison making the team.

Morrison, 23, is a 6-foot-4 leaper who played little for the talent-laden Suns last season. The former Northwestern High School star averaged just two points per game in 28 appearances and missed the final eight games of the season with a severe back bruise. With Jeff Hornacek and Dan Majerle entrenched at off-guard, and Kenny Battle, Ricky Blanton and rookie Cedric Ceballos battling for the swing position, Morrison's future with Phoenix was bleak.

"I definitely look at it as another chance," Morrison said from Phoenix. "Phoenix is a 1-A class organization and I thank them for another opportunity to play in the NBA. . . . I don't know the situation with the other players but I have a job to do."

Eackles is holding out for an $8 million contract over four years. Neither side has talked to the other in some time, and the reality of camp opening next week meant the Bullets had to do something. Right now, Washington's off-guards are second-round pick A.J. English and free agents Larry Robinson, Tony Harris and Lenzie Howell.

"I think we would have done it anyway," Bullets General Manager John Nash said. "It's not just Ledell. With John {Williams} questionable we may have a roster spot open and if this guy has some talent it's a small price to pay. It's a free look at a guy who may have some potential."

Morrison caught Nash's eye two years ago by averaging 27 points per game in the Southern California Summer League. But with Kevin Johnson and Hornacek both having superlative seasons, and Majerle coming off the bench, there was no playing time available. He played well again in summer leagues in Los Angeles and Utah, and Nash spoke with Phoenix Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons over the summer about Morrison's availability.

"I said if he felt he wasn't going to make the team, we would have some interest," Nash said. "I think he has a chance. He's an explosive offensive talent."

Morrison was the third-leading scorer in Loyola history, averaging 22.9 and 21.8 points his last two seasons there, earning all-Northeast Conference honors. The Suns took him in the second round of the 1989 draft with the 51st pick overall, and he stuck when injuries hit Phoenix during training camp.

"I heard this morning when I got to practice," Morrison said. "For the first time me and Cotton came to practice at the same time. He said he wanted to talk to me about something. My first reaction was shock. It was like a dream. It was like being drafted all over again. I always wanted to play for the home team. I wanted to play at Maryland, but that didn't work out."

Morrison will get to town Sunday, in time to take the Bullets' team physical Monday afternoon. Rookies and free agents will report to Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md., Monday night, with practice beginning Tuesday.

Bullets Notes: Guard Lanard Copeland, who had impressed the Bullets in summer camp, decided to go to Atlanta's training camp instead. Forward Hubert Henderson is also going elsewhere, leaving Washington's camp roster at 20 players, not including Eackles. . . . Darrell Walker will report with the rookies and free agents, four days before he has to be there.