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Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 4:25 pm
 
By Matt Moore  and Ben Gollivertyson-chandler

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports a stunner. Berger reports that the New York Knicks have emerged as the leader for Tyson Chandler, ahead of the Warriors, who reportedly offered Chandler a four-year, $60 million deal Thursday. Berger reports that the Golden State offer isn't as "robust" as the report from California indicated.

In order to make room for Chandler, Berger says the Knicks would use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups, or trade him, then move Ronny Turiaff. 

In the wake of Berger's report, ESPN.com reports that there is a "98 percent" chance Chandler winds up with the Knicks and that the Warriors will turn their attention to Los Angeles Lakers restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan. Yahoo Sports reports the Knicks are close to a 4-year deal with Chandler worth $58 million.

How this move would affect the Knicks' pursuit of Chris Paul is not known at this time. It would give the Knicks their best interior defender and a game-changer at the rim. The Knicks would be in a dire position for point guard to run D'Antoni's offense. Along with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks would feature an even better frontcourt, one of the best in the league. With the Knicks' biggest issue being defense, Chandler would revamp their team. 

Should the Knicks not wind up with Paul (if, say, he goes to the Lakers as a Houston-New Orleans-Los Angeles deal is being volleyed), they'd still have an excellent core. Stoudemire's primary weaknesses are at-rim defense and rebounding, and yet he's been forced to play center for the past six seasons of his career. Chandler provides everything the Knicks need to quell questions about their defense and toughness. The point guard duties would then fall to Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert, a rookie who has captured the hearts and minds of Knicks fans like... every player the Knicks have drafted for forty years.

Stoudemire is nearly untradeable should the Knicks still be pursuing Paul, as the insurability of his knees following surgery six years ago leaves questions about his long-term health. Ironically, Stoudemire would benefit most from the addition of Paul and Chandler, with Chandler covering his deficiencies down low and Paul working with Stoudemire in the pick and roll which made him an MVP candidate in Phoenix next to Nash. But the Knicks would almost certainly not trade Carmelo Anthony due to both his name brand value and the work that was put in to acquire him initially.

The Knicks' plan isn't clear at this point, it may never be clear. But even with limited cap space, they remain a major player in this short NBA "offseason," even before signings can happen.

The question is now whether this is the end game for the Knicks, or whether it is a secondary move in pursuit of Paul, should they manage to land Chandler.

Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Stupid money for a mediocre player. I like Tyson Chandler. When he wants to play he can be effective. But he is no more than a minor role player. Think Charlie Villanueva a few years ago to Detroit. Chandler is coming off a contract year is which he improved from awful to average. How is that a talent that is worth $58 million? Chandler last year has a playoff PER of 15.2 (15 is calculated to be dead average in the league.) But that was much better than a PER of 7.2 the previous year or 3.7 the year before that. See where this is going? It is not going to be pretty.

The Knicks are throwing money into a bad free agent market, not waiting for Chris Paul or Dwight Howard next summer. Chandler is the progress stopper. He will play ok during the season. It is in the playoffs that he shrinks so completely, The hope of Knicks fans is about to be dashed. They are sharp folks and have a collective eye for good talent. This cannot be a happy day in New York, New York.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:28 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Good points and I agree that the Knicks ABSOLUTELY should NOT trade Stoudemire. Chandler will only be effective as a complementary piece to Amare. There could be many other options at PG other than Chris Paul nd virtually no replacements out there for someone like Amare. They better understand that. I like the Chandler addition. He will really help the Knicks horrible interior defense. I really hope it ends up being a trade where Billups goes to Dallas because I would hate to see him waived under amnesty clause and then sign with Miami, I hate Miami and Billups would be huge there.

As far as PG options for the Knicks.........how about Baron Davis (if he gets waived under amnesty clause from Cleveland) or JJ Barea. I will be very interested to see what this roster looks like on opening day. Go Knicks!




Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Well if the Chris Paul trade would have gone through, it woulda made for a nice season. 

The Heat would be set at SG, SF, and PF, with huge difficiencies at PG and C.

The Knicks would be set at SF, PF, C, with big defficiencies at PG, and SG.

The Lakers would be set at PG, SG, and C. With difficiencies at SF and PF.


Basically the Lakers would pound the Heat inside, and leave their point guards in the dust.
The Knicks would pound the Heat inside, and try their best to match at SF and PF.


Let the season begin!      
;     &nbs
p; 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

every one seems to forget that earlier in the day there was rumors that the knicks also had a 90% chance of getting grant hill. one way or another there r a few young point guards could get 1 is dj augasten. there is another in the east i believe how ever i cant remember who it was. at this point in time if they also get grant hill there is also a chance they could try and then trade fields for the point guard they could use.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

If they can pull this off Tyson Chandler would be a perfect fit for this team, he would push them in the elite level. But Billups must be smiling. If they have to amnesty him he could then sign with Miami for short money (still getting paid by NYC), and that would make Miami a beast. He can hit the outside shot, and has the leadership to handle the egos of the big 3. 



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Good move in my opinion. They need size and defense, and Chandler provides both. STAT now moves to his natural posiotin at the 4, and Douglas and whoever can hold down the PG position until a better option becomes available. I even like the idea of adding Barrea to the team if Paul does get traded to the Lakers, and agrees to sign an extension. Barrea will get the ball to the scorers, and we all know that scoring is not a problem for this team.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Good move in my opinion. They need size and defense, and Chandler provides both. STAT now moves to his natural posiotin at the 4, and Douglas and whoever can hold down the PG position until a better option becomes available. I even like the idea of adding Barrea to the team if Paul does get traded to the Lakers, and agrees to sign an extension. Barrea will get the ball to the scorers, and we all know that scoring is not a problem for this team.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:35 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

How about JJ Barea with the mid-level exception?  Barea, Ty Chandler, Stat and Melo...Fields at the 2?  thoughts? 



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Would hate to see Tyson Chandler leave Dallas, but hey it's time the Knicks get back into the playoffs no?  LOL

The Mavericks are getting torn apart!  caron Butler to the Clippers?  What?!?!  Hope he stays healthy for them...

I sure Mark Cuban has some surpise moves up his sleeve...the lockers are getting bare!  Wonder where he signs a center from...certainly he's not hinging it all on Heyward...if he's even still here....



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

If this is true, then thanks for the memories T-Chandler, and thanks for helping to bring a Championship to the city of Dallas.

We appreciate your hard work and play on defense.

With that said, LET'S GO MAVS!!!

BACK to BACK!


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