Trial set for Chris Gatling in Paradise Valley squatting case


gatling-dallas-mavericksA trial date has been set for a former NBA All-Star accused of squatting in a Paradise Valley home and then trying to list the place for rent on Craigslist, AP reported.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says Chris Gatling has pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft and forgery, one count of taking the identity of another and one count of fraud.

Gatling was accused of breaking into a key box and living in the home for nearly a year. A police report says the homeowners lived in California but had left the power on.

Gatling’s attorney, Michael Alarid, says the case is a misunderstanding. He would not elaborate.

A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office says a pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 7. The trial will be Aug. 8.

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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