EMMITSBURG, MD., OCT. 8 -- What is shaping up as the most troubling training camp in years took another turn for the worse today for the Washington Bullets. Add Bernard King's name to the list of unhappy players.

King is angered over Washington's current disinterest in extending his two-year contract, which expires after this season. The only one of Washington's top four scorers from last season in camp at the moment, King inquired about getting an extension during the summer, but was turned down.

Bullets General Manager John Nash spoke with King at the end of September and told him the team's position.

Washington has taken a wait-and-see posture about redoing contracts. The Bullets also declined to rework guard Darrell Walker's contract in the offseason. It has left King angry. He had not been his usual self in camp and it spilled over today.

"I've always believed that things work out for the best," King said. "When you have a player who has the skill level that I have, the work ethic I have, and the leadership I provide, you should secure that player and don't put that on the back burner.

"Unfortunately, that hasn't been done yet and I'm not very pleased about that. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. Whether that means I remain here for the rest of the year or get traded, that's part of the business too. You never know. All I want to do is have them do what's right."

"There's nothing unusual about Bernard's request," Nash said after the team's morning practice at Mount St. Mary's. "I hope he understands our position has some rationale as well. It's not a case of right or wrong."

King, 33, will make $1.5 million this season. He averaged 22.4 points last season and was the only player to start all 82 games. In the last two seasons he's played 163 out of a possible 164 regular season games. He missed one game against the Knicks with the flu.

King spent the summer in New Jersey working out with Nets' conditioning coach Rich Dalatri. He played games daily with his brother, Albert, who was in Washington's rookie and free-agent camp in July.

Last Friday, after King won the Bullets' annual preseason 1 1/2-mile race, Nash raved about his physical condition and the example he was setting for the younger players.

Nash has told King's attorney, Bob Woolf, that the Bullets won't do anything until they look at the team. For the uninitiated, this means Washington has to see if Tom Hammonds or Harvey Grant can play the small forward position consistently.

If not, King is insurance.

"Everyone has been extending everyone's contract," said Woolf.

Many of the league's top players -- Reggie Lewis, Willie Anderson, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Derek Harper and Rolando Blackman, among others -- have had their contracts redone this summer.

Woolf said King "asked me if I would at least explore it, and I did. They told me that they did not wish to explore that at this time. They wanted to wait until the middle of the season or something like that."

Said Nash: "I want to evaluate this team, at least through the first few months of the year, to make a determination as to what our future would be. And to be able to advise Mr. {Abe} Pollin as well. This is standard operating procedure. . . .

"Basically, what I'd like to be able to do is determine both sides of the coin. What are we with Bernard and what would we be without him. It's not a case of knowing what Bernard is. He's a terrific player who's displayed his wares for many years in this league. It's a question of what are the alternatives?"

By taking this course, the Bullets may be being prudent, may keep salaries in line and may be better able to afford a big-money player in a trade. And they have to weigh King's wishes with their rebuilding plans.

With John Williams still among the missing, Ledell Eackles holding out and King and Walker playing but unhappy, the Bullets' chemistry is wavering. The players' overall happiness with Coach Wes Unseld, and each other, has kept things from turning sour over the past couple of seasons.

Walker said King has "played hard -- he's come to camp in shape. He's made big shots for us and he does something a lot of guys don't do -- he comes to play every night. All I'm saying is, as I look around the league, teams are rewarding players who play night in and night out.

"Of course they're going to say, 'Those teams are winning.' That may be true. But they're still rewarding the guys who play every night. I guess business is business. I'm under contract and there's nothing I can do about my situation."

King would be an unrestricted free agent if he plays out this season without signing a new contract. The current league salary cap is $11.8 million. By all reports, Washington is between $2 and $3 million below that.

"When we negotiated Bernard's last contract," Woolf said, "he actually stopped me from getting more money. I said 'I know I can get more money' and he said, 'No, please don't. Washington has been good to me.' . . . John {Nash} is new. He wants to see who fits in with what. But I think Bernard was hurt by it."

King said he is prepared to leave the Bullets if a deal can not be worked out.

"I work extremely hard," King said. "I'm one of the better forwards in the league and provide a lot of leadership on this ballclub. If management can't seem to resolve matters with Bernard King, then I'll have to move on. It's that simple. I just expect to be treated fairly."