Report: Knicks May Trade Ewing

Sunday, August 20th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) — Patrick Ewing has given the New York Knicks a list of eight teams to which he will accept a trade, and a deal with the Seattle SuperSonics for Vin Baker has been discussed, the Daily News reported Saturday.

Ewing, 38, has played his entire 15-year career with the Knicks. He is entering the final season of a four-year, $60 million contract but has said he plans to play for three more years.

Baker, 10 years younger than Ewing, is due to make $10 million next season — meaning other players would have to be included in a deal to make it work under NBA salary cap guidelines. Ewing's salary for the upcoming season will be $14 million.

According to the Daily News, Knicks general manager Scott Layden approached Ewing's agent, David Falk, and asked for a list of teams that Ewing, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, would accept a trade to.

Also on the list were the Washington Wizards, the report said.

Layden has been largely unsuccessful making moves this offseason, failing to acquire any of the top three free agents — Grant Hill, Brian Grant and Danny Fortson — that the Knicks targeted through sign-and-trade deals.

Layden's only move of note was acquiring guard Erick Strickland from Dallas for John Wallace and a first-round draft pick.

Falk, and representatives of the Knicks and Sonics, could not immediately be reached for comment.