Patrick Ewing never brought a championship to New York, and now he never will.
In one of the largest and most complicated trades in NBA history, the Ewing era ended in New York when he was dealt Wednesday to the Seattle SuperSonics in a four-team, 12-player megatrade.
The Knicks got back four draft picks and six players -- including Glen Rice from Los Angeles and Luc Longley from Phoenix -- while the Lakers picked up power forward Horace Grant from Seattle.
"The one thing I know is that Patrick is happy," said one of his best friends, Alonzo Mourning of Miami. "Based on the way New York treated him the last couple of years, it was disheartening to him that what he gave to that organization wasn't appreciated."
The Knicks, Lakers and Sonics had been trying for five weeks to work out a complicated trade that would get Ewing out of New York, and the pieces finally came together when the Suns entered the picture.
Several other players were included in the trade to make it work under league salary cap guidelines. The Knicks got Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania and Lazaro Borrell from Seattle and Travis Knight from Los Angeles.
New York also got first-round draft picks in 2001 from the Lakers and Sonics, and two second-round picks in 2001 from Seattle.
The Lakers get Greg Foster, Chuck Person and Emanuel Davis from Seattle. Phoenix gets the Knicks' No. 1 pick in 2001.
"It became clear that he was looking for a change and when he requested a trade, we respected his request," Knicks general manager Scott Layden said. "It was important in doing so, however, that we had the ability to add value, and we believe we have done that."
Rice, a free agent, received a one-year offer from the Chicago Bulls 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 Wednesday afternoon.
Rice ended up with the Knicks as part of a sign-and-trade transaction in which he got a multiyear contract from the Lakers before being shipped immediately to New York.
The trade brings a close to Ewing's career in New York, where he arrived as the No. 1 pick in the 1985 draft and was expected to be the type of franchise player who could bring the Knicks their first championship since 1973.
"Getting Patrick accomplishes a big offseason goal of ours," said Sonics general manager Wally Walker, adding that 48 trade scenarios were discussed between the Sonics, Knicks and Lakers. "Until we got on the conference call with the league this afternoon, I had no confidence that the deal would get done."
Now, the Sonics have a center who can help them compete with the better teams in the Western Conference.
Ewing's only appearance in the NBA Finals came in 1994 when the Knicks lost to Houston in seven games.
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