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Ewing To Sonics Near Finalized

September 21, 2000

Patrick Ewing’s 15-year career with the Knicks was on the verge of ending Wednesday night as New York, the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and Seattle SuperSonics worked out the final details of a major multiplayer trade.

The Knicks were set to send Ewing to Seattle and receive Glen Rice from the Lakers and Luc Longley from the Suns. Among the other players moving were Horace Grant from Seattle to Los Angeles and Chris Dudley from New York to Phoenix, according to several NBA sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Various trades involving Ewing and Rice have been in the works for the past month, including one involving the Detroit Pistons that fell apart at the last moment in mid-August.

The Knicks, Lakers and Sonics then discussed a three-team deal, but the Knicks wouldn’t pull the trigger because they felt they weren’t getting enough in return.

Once the Suns entered the picture, the talks heated up again.

Rice, a free agent, had received a one-year offer from the Chicago Bulls earlier this week. But he wavered on signing it as his agent, David Falk, tried to broker another deal, and the Bulls finally pulled the offer off the table Thursday afternoon.

If Rice does end up with the Knicks, it will be as part of a sign-and-trade transaction in which he would get a multiyear contract from the Lakers before being shipped immediately to New York.

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