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Nuggets trade Adams and pick for Bullets' first-round selection

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Denver Nuggets Tuesday traded guard Michael Adams and the 19th pick in the June 26 NBA draft to the Washington Bullets for the eighth selection in the draft.

The Bullets also will receive other future considerations.

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'We examined what we could possibly do with the eight pick in the college draft and pursued other options within the league,' Bullets General Manager John Nash said. 'We talked about some goals and some people who could help us. When Michael Adams, who was one of the players we talked about, became available we pounced on the opportunity.'

'We recognized that he will help us to be a much, much better team,' Nash said. 'He brings quickness, he brings pemeriter shooting, he brings competiveness, determination, character, and all the qualities in a leader.

And I think it's fair to say that we have found a lead guard that will take us into the 90s.'

The deal gives Denver the fourth and eighth selections in the draft. The Nuggets' 20-62 record was the worst in the NBA last year. The Bullets finished 30-52, failing to make the playoffs.

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Adams was the Nuggets' leading scorer last season with a 26.5 average. He also led the team in minutes (35.5) and assists (10.5) and is among the NBA's best three-point shooters.

'I hoped that if they did trade me, that it was to a East Coast team, Adams said. 'I know I can help this team win some games. I know I can score my fair share of points and assists here.'

Adams played for Washington in the 1986-87 season but was traded the next season to Denver with Jay Vincent for Darrell Walker and Mark Alarie.

'In the 27 years I've been in the league, I've made a number of mistakes,' said team owner Abe Pollin, who has suffered through three straight losing seasons. 'But one of the major mistakes I've made was letting Michael get away. One of the happy things is that you can correct your mistakes. I believe we've done that.'

Adams was a third-round draft pick out of Boston College by Sacramento in 1985 but played only 18 games with the Kings before being waived.

'We appreciate all the contributions Michael Adams has made to this franchise and we wish him all the best,' Nuggets General Manager Bernie Bickerstaff said. 'We are in the process of rebuilding the team, and this gives us two early first-round picks. With our own pick and Washington's No. 8, we should be able to land two good young players.'

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Asked if he could play Coach Wes Unseld's style of basketball, Adams said: 'Whatever it takes. That's what I'll do.'

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