Bullets to add Anderson Walker hurt, out 2 weeks


Looking to get some help for their stagnant offense, the Washington Bullets today will sign nine-year NBA veteran Ron Anderson to a 10-day contract.

The Bullets also will be looking to make another roster move, with Kenny Walker expected to miss at least two weeks after having his right cheekbone fractured in Tuesday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Walker, who made the team as a free agent, was injured in the second quarter Tuesday when the elbow of Pistons guard Joe Dumars caught him on the face.

The 6-foot-8 forward was examined by Dr. Guy Shampaine yesterday, and will undergo surgery today in a procedure that's expected to take one hour.

It will be at least two weeks before Walker returns, possibly longer. When he returns, Walker will have to wear a clear $H protective mask for about a month.

In 48 games, Walker averaged just under 20 minutes, scored 4.8points and grabbed 4.2 rebounds.

Walker's absence could translate into a significant role for Anderson, a 6-7 forward who has been averaging 20.1 points and 7.1 rebounds with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the Continental Basketball Association.

Anderson started the season with the New Jersey Nets, averaging 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11 games before he was released.

Anderson will replace guard Gerald Paddio, whose second 10-day contract expired.

Paddio initially signed with Washington on Feb. 6 and in 18 games this season -- eight with the Bullets, seven with the Indiana Pacers and three with the New York Knicks -- he averaged 2.9 points and shot 36.0 percent from the field.

In Anderson, the Bullets get a forward who's also capable of playing shooting guard. An accurate shooter from the perimeter, Anderson in his best season averaged 16.2 points with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1988-89. That season Anderson also averaged 20.7 points in the playoffs.

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