The Washington Bullets virtually assured free-agent center Moses Malone will sign with another team Wednesday, saying they will not offer the 10-time All-Star a long-term contract and wishing him good luck.
Bullets owner Abe Pollin said the 33-year-old veteran, one of the most prolific scorers and rebounders in history, "does not fit in with a young, developing team, but with a team at its peak."
Mark Pray, a spokesman for the Bullets, said he does not believe a one-year deal is possible between Malone and the Bullets.
Malone, 33, averaged 20.3 points and 11.2 rebounds last season, his second with the Bullets. In his first season with Washington, he averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. In his 12 NBA seasons, Malone, who turned pro right out of high school, has averaged 23.5 points and 14 rebounds per game.