Warriors had interest in Knicks' Ewing

July 10, 1991|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- The Golden State Warriors said yesterday that they considered restructuring Chris Mullin's contract for the purpose of pursuing Patrick Ewing as a free agent.

"We took a look at revising Chris' contract and decided not to participate," said Dan Finnane, the Warriors president.

The revised contract would have pushed Mullin's salary above Ewing's and would have bumped the New York Knicks' center from among the four highest-paid players in the NBA.

If that were the case, according to the 10-year, $32 million contract Ewing signed with the Knicks in 1985, Ewing would have automatically become a restricted free agent, meaning he could receive an offer from another team, and the Knicks could choose to match it.

The Knicks contended that Ewing is among the four highest-paid players after the sixth year of his contract. Ewing disputed the claim and filed for the arbitration, which will be heard on July 22.

The nine-year, $26 million contract Mullin signed in 1989 calls for a salary of $3 million next season. The restructured contract would have paid him more than the $3.138 million Ewing is scheduled to earn in the 1991-92 season.

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