The Los Angeles Lakers filled Michael Cooper's spot by acquiring Terry Teagle from the Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers gave the Warriors their first-round draft choice in 1991 in the deal."We felt maybe we didn't have enough scoring off the bench," Lakers general manager Jerry West said Tuesday. "This gives us somebody who's very explosive. When he gets it going, there's not much you can do about it.
"We think we have a terrific roster now. This team is going to be very, very competitive."
The Lakers needed a swingman because Cooper, who like Teagle can play guard and forward, left the team this summer to play in Italy.
Teagle, 30, averaged 16.1 points and 4.5 rebounds
- both career highs - in 82 games for the Warriors last season. He started 49 games.
He averaged 13.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in more than five seasons with Golden State. Teagle was taken in the first round of the 1982 draft by Houston. After a stint in the Continental Basketball Association, he was signed by the Warriors as a free agent.
The deal is contingent upon Teagle passing a physical examination.
To make room under the salary cap, the Lakers dealt reserve center Mark McNamara to the San Antonio Spurs for undisclosed future considerations.
Since they were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference semifinals last spring, the Lakers also have signed Sam Perkins as a free agent and traded Orlando Woolridge to Denver.
The Lakers' draft choice would give the Warriors three first-round selections in the 1991 college draft. In addition to their own first-round pick, the Warriors acquired Philadelphia's No. 1 pick in a trade for center Manute Bol on Aug. 1.