For the first time since last June, when Patrick Ewing challenged the New York Knicks in arbitration in a salary dispute, the Knicks said publicly yesterday that they are considering trading their All-Star center.
"We're going to do what's best for the Knicks," said Dave Checketts, the club president. "We're going to explore all opportunities to improve our team, including the possibility of trading Patrick Ewing."
According to Checketts, Ewing never has asked to be traded, but Checketts' statement may have come as a result of a meeting between Ewing and coach Pat Riley 11 days ago. Ewing presented Riley with a list of the teams he preferred if he is traded. The list comprised the Washington Bullets, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers.