DALLAS, FEB. 15 -- Haywoode Workman's nagging groin injury has given Clinton Smith a reprieve.

The Washington Bullets will re-sign Smith to a second 10-day contract Saturday since Workman will be out at least another week with a strained right groin he suffered two weeks ago against Detroit.

Workman was examined today by Bullets physicians, and though there had been improvement since his last examination, there hasn't been nearly enough to activate him.

"I thought {Workman would return} by Sunday," Coach Wes Unseld said before tonight's game with the Mavericks. "We've got to get someone. Because right now we have no continuity at all."

Smith's first 10-day contract, signed Feb. 6, was set to expire after the Mavericks game. If he signs another 10-day agreement, he'll be on the roster for at least four more games.

"I'm going to let the situation handle itself," Smith said. "I'll just try to go out with class. I enjoyed myself and I didn't concede anything."

Ellison Starts

Looking to shake things up against Dallas, Unseld gave Pervis Ellison the start over Charles Jones. It was Ellison's second start this season, and the first one that wasn't because of injury.

"Why not?" Unseld said. "I'm just trying to get something out of Pervis." . . .

Forward John Williams got five or six minutes of garbage time Thursday night against the Houston Rockets. But for Williams, every minute on the floor is valuable in his return from a year-long knee injury.

"I need to work, running up and down," he said. "I'm starting to get a little wind back. It's a matter of putting some good things together, putting the ball in the basket, getting open shots. I haven't really been looking for the shot much. I just want to get out there and get into the flow of things."