Former Warrior Chris Gatling facing charges for squatting

Former Warrior Chris Gatling facing charges for squatting
April 30, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The report says Chris Gatling lived in the Paradise Valley home from July 2010 to August of 2011. (AP)

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Criminal charges are pending against former Warrior and 12-year NBA veteran Chris Gatling 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.”

The 6-10 center averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 rebound per game over his career. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team in 1997 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.  

His 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. The Warriors traded Gatling and Tim Hardaway to the Miami Heat for Kevin Willis and Bimbo Coles in 1996.

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