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Nuggets send Adams to Bullets for top pick

The rebuilding-minded Denver Nuggets dealt leading scorer Michael Adams to the Washington Bullets on Tuesday for a first-round draft pick, giving the NBA's worst team two of the top eight picks in the NBA draft. The Nuggets sent Adams, along with their No. 19 pick in the first round of the draft and future draft considerations, to Washington for the Bullets' No. 1 pick, the eighth choice overall.

The deal gives the Nuggets the fourth and the eighth choices in the first round _ the highest two choices Denver has ever had. No other team in the June 26 draft has two lottery picks.

For Adams, it means a return to the Bullets, where he played for one season (1986-87) before being dealt to the Nuggets. Adams was a "throw in" in a trade that also sent Jay Vincent to Denver in exchange for Darrell Walker and Mark Alarie.

In four seasons with Denver, the 5-foot-10 Adams became one of the game's best point guards and a dangerous three-point shooter. This past season, he led the Nuggets in scoring (26.5), assists (10.5) and minutes played (35.5).

"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.

Larry Brown can talk

to South Carolina

SAN ANTONIO _ The San Antonio Spurs have given coach Larry Brown permission to talk with South Carolina officials.

Spurs owner Red McCombs gave Brown permission Monday for the interview. Brown has two years remaining on his $3.5-million contract with the NBA team.