Rumors fly about Bullets' Grant


CHICAGO -- As trade rumors go, only Detroit Pistons forward Dennis Rodman's name has surfaced more than the Washington Bullets' Harvey Grant, who, like Rodman, has expressed a desire to play elsewhere.

When the regular season ended, Bullets general manager John Nash gave Grant's agent, Jim Sexton, permission to pursue a trade on behalf of his client. Grant's six-year, $17.1 million contract permits the 6-foot-9 forward to become a free agent in 1994.

Sexton reportedly has talked with Chicago, Denver and New York, which originally gave him an offer sheet. A Chicago paper reported a possible Grant trade for reserve forward/center Stacey King, but Nash said he has not had any discussions with Bulls general manager Jerry Krause.

"The Bulls want to wait until the finals are over before talking trade," he said.

Nash confirmed talking to Denver, but would not reveal whom the Nuggets might offer. One rumor had shooting guard Todd Lichti and forward Anthony Cook, who missed last season with a ruptured patella tendon in his knee, going to the Bullets, but salary-cap restrictions would nullify that trade.

But there is also talk of the Bullets' trading Grant for the Nuggets' first-round pick, the ninth in the draft.

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