LANDOVER -- The struggling Bullets are considering a trade that would send veteran point guard Scott Skiles to the New York Knicks for guard Greg Anthony and forward Anthony Bonner, a Washington team source said yesterday.
Skiles, 30, was acquired by the Bullets this year to replace playmaker Michael Adams, who was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for two second-round picks.
Skiles is a more consistent outside shooter than Anthony, who shot 39 percent from the field last season. But Anthony, 27, is much quicker and plays aggressive defense. The lack of a defensive stopper in the backcourt has enabled Bullets rivals to penetrate easily.
Anthony, who was the lead guard on Nevada-Las Vegas' 1989-90 NCAA national championship team, has seen his playing time reduced since the Knicks acquired Derek Harper from the Dallas Mavericks to run their offense last season.
They drafted Charlie Ward, the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State, for additional depth at point guard. Ward was reactivated last week after being sidelined since Nov. 29 with a sprained wrist.
Bonner, 26, who spent his first three seasons with the Sacramento Kings before being acquired as a free agent by New York last year, has served mostly as a backup forward to Charles Oakley and Charles Smith.
The 6-foot-8 graduate of Saint Louis has limited shooting range but is a strong rebounder. He averaged 4.7 as a part-timer last year.
The Knicks, however, could be reluctant to part with Bonner now that Oakley seems almost certain to undergo surgery to fix a dislocated toe that has not responded to treatment.
The Bullets also are reportedly considering adding Doc Rivers, 33, a veteran playmaker who was released by the Knicks last week. Rivers underwent reconstructive knee surgery last season, limiting him to 19 games. He played in three games this season.