EMMITSBURG, MD., OCT. 10 -- The John Williams saga entered its second week of training camp today with the Washington Bullets still waiting for word from their injured forward.

Williams was spotted in a Los Angeles shopping mall last week by a friend there, but that person hasn't seen Williams since. Williams was supposed to come to Washington last Thursday for a physical, but didn't and hasn't made himself available to anyone in the organization.

The Bullets say that they'll wait for Williams to show up before they take any action, such as levying fines or suspensions.

"We've decided to go forward with what we have," General Manager John Nash said, "and if John shows and is able to play that would be a tremendous positive influence on our team."

Once again, Williams's agent, Fred Slaughter, left a message with Nash at the team's hotel here. Once again, Slaughter did not return phone calls, and once again, there was no answer at Williams's suburban Washington home.

The league is staying on the periphery of all this, though Nash did speak earlier in the week with NBA Director of Operations Rod Thorn to keep him up to date.

Thorn asked the Bullets to get in contact with the office of Horace Balmer, the league's director of security. Balmer, like almost all other NBA officials, is in Barcelona this week for the McDonald's Open basketball tournament featuring the New York Knicks, but his office left word with Nash Tuesday.

"That's a formality," Nash said. "I haven't had anything to share with them, really. And we made the {NBA} Players Association aware of it, also. I'm sure they're aware just by reading the papers, but at least we officially let them know. They don't have a role in it other than if they learn something that might be helpful, perhaps they might share it."

Players Association President Charles Grantham also is in Barcelona and could not be reached for comment. A league spokesperson said the situation is "a team matter" and that the league won't get involved.

The Bullets looked at Pervis Ellison at power forward during the team's first full-court scrimmage this afternoon. They had envisioned a Williams-Ellison-Bernard King front court, but those plans obviously are on hold.

Nash indicated he wasn't certain about Williams's status even last week, before he was scheduled for his doctor's appointment. So the Bullets didn't give a specific time as to when the results of Williams's physical would be available.

Needless to say, Williams has Washington in a major bind. The Bullets don't want to say anything about the player that might come back to haunt them later.

"John is an asset just like all players are assets," Nash said. "This, I'm sure, has tarnished his reputation and his value to some extent, until we get an explanation. I can't imagine what explanation would allow one to think this is warranted."

If Williams were to sit out all of training camp, the Bullets could place him on a suspended list. That list also is used for players who have repeatedly failed drug and alcohol tests. The Bullets can't put him on the regular injured list, under which a player has to miss at least five regular season games, because Williams hasn't taken the physical.

Williams has missed six pay periods since the team stopped paying him in mid-July. It has cost the forward approximately $276,000 of his $1.2 million salary.

Bullets Notes: The first cuts of camp came today: Lenzie Howell of Arkansas and guard Charles McGill of Albany State . . . .

Don't worry about the feet of Ellison. True, both of his big toenails have gotten crunched so badly that they're going to soon fall off, and he's had bad blisters on both feet. But the problems have come because Ellison changed shoe companies, and he hadn't yet gotten shoes from his new sponsor that fit.

The shoes arrived today, and with the toes wrapped, and the new shoes on, Ellison is doing better, and he played well in tonight's Blue-Red scrimmage.