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DENVER TRADES MICHAEL ADAMS TO WASHINGTON

The Denver Nuggets today traded point guard Michael Adams back to Washington for the Bullets' first pick in the NBA draft, which is the eighth choice overall.

The Nuggets also gave up their No. 19 pick in the first round and future draft considerations.The deal gives the Nuggets the fourth and the eighth choices in the first round - the highest two choices Denver has ever had in its NBA draft history. Adams, who starred for the Nuggets for four seasons, led the team in scoring (26.5), assists (10.5) and minutes played (35.5) this season. He was acquired from the Bullets in November 1987 with Jay Vincent in exchange for Darrell Walker and Mark Alarie.

"We appreciate all the contributions Michael Adams has made to this franchise, and we wish him all the best," Denver 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, No. 4, and Washington's No. 8, we should be able to land two good young players."