Ex-NBA journeyman Chris Gatling accused of illegal house squatting

chris-gatling-miamiAccording to the police, former NBA journeyman Chris Gatling illegally squatted in a Paradise Valley home.

Criminal charges are pending against former Warrior and 12-year NBA veteran after he posted an advertisement on Craigslist for a home for rent in Arizona – a home which he did not own.

The Arizona Republic reports court records show Gatling actually got a down payment from a potential renter before he was reported to police.

Gatling, 45, allegedly stole the key from the lock box and squatted in the four-bedroom Paradise Valley home for a time before he posted it for rent.

The former NBA All-Star called it an “Ex-NBA” home and listed the price at $800. The report says Gatling lived in the home from July 2010 to August of 2011. The owners of the home lived in California, but left the power on.

Gatling’s lawyer, Michael Alarid, called the case a “misunderstanding.”

Gatling’s NBA career began in 1991 after he was traded by the 76ers as a first round draft pick out of Old Dominion – to the Warriors for Manute Bol.

During his NBA days, Gatling did set a few records. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 1997 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

He led the NBA in field goal percentage (63 percent) during the 1994-95 season, and played 85 games during the 1999-00 season (while all teams normally play 82 games). Gatling averaged career high 19 ppg during the 1996-97 season.

During his career, he played for Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 6’10 backup forward played a total of 700 games in the league (86 started), averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebound per game over his career.

Gatling made nearly $30 million during his pro career, according to Pro Basketball Reference.


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