A foot injury that may sideline Larry Stewart for training camp prompted the Washington Bullets to make a quick trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves yesterday.
General manager John Nash sent forward/center Conrad McRae, a second-round draft pick this June out of Syracuse, to the Timberwolves for forward Tim Burroughs, a Jacksonville NTC graduate who was drafted in the second round last year but played for DWC Breogan in Spain.
McRae, who failed to impress the Bullets in their July minicamp, recently signed with Spur Kulubu in Turkey. The Bullets retained his NBA rights by offering him the rookie's minimum salary of $150,000.
With Washington already above the salary cap and holding 12 guaranteed contracts, Burroughs also will be offered the minimum and will need to make a quick impression in camp to induce a roster move.
But Nash has kept a close eye on Burroughs, 6 feet 6, who averaged 15.5 points and 13.1 rebounds his two years at Jacksonville after transferring from a junior college.
"I was impressed by his aggressive play in college and in the pro tryout camps in 1992," said Nash. "He has an active, wide body and enjoyed a good season in Spain [15.4 points, 9.7 rebounds] last year," said Nash.
Stewart, in his third year out of Coppin State after making the Bullets as a free agent in 1991, fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot playing in a summer-league game in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Bullets orthopedist Steve Haas said the 6-8 ++ forward could be out six to eight weeks. Training camp begins at Shepherdstown, W.Va., on Oct. 5.
A resourceful reserve, Stewart made the second NBA All-Rookie team his first season and followed up last season by averaging 9.8 points and 4.7 rebounds. This season, he was expected to bid for the starting small-forward position left vacant by the trade of Harvey Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for Kevin Duckworth.