The Golden State Warriors needed a strategy in place in order to add celebrity center Patrick Ewing for their iconic Run TMC squad and so were invited to pull off it in 1992.
Based on Stefan Bondy of this New York Daily News, Ewing’s contract with the New York Knicks in the time came with a stipulation that could let him go into free agency if he was not among those top-four highest paid players.
The Golden State Warriors, or any group for that matter, might have driven Ewing — that the fourth-highest paid participant — into free service by signing a player to a contract which could bulge Ewing down the listing.
Former New York Knicks president Dave Checketts — the architect of several of the most memorable Knicks squads of yesteryear 30 years — clarified an effort by Ewing’s representative, Dave Falk, to convince the Warriors to front-load a Chris Mullin contract as a way to do precisely that.
The Warriors may subsequently have signed Ewing and possibly altered the destiny of the own franchise.
“When he causes it to happen and you’ve got Mullin, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Patrick Ewing about the Warriors — they are winning a lot of names ,” Checketts said.
Checketts, who caught end of Falk’s strategy — and Ewing’s clear desire to relocate through a third party, faced the Golden State brass considering the process.
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