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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

I see your point about chandler but gasol is too soft.  We need a bruiser



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

why cant we offer that money to gasol...i dont think the Grizzles have the money to match the offer considering there smaller market team...not only that chandler has a big time injury history....notice how he balled out in a contract year too...im sorry but there are too many red flags...if talking about trading amare then we better be getting a dwight howard and not a chris paul....the knicks had it right starting with signing felton and stoudemire...everything has gone down hill from there



Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

No, this is the best 3-4-5 in the east! We could get a PG without spending $17mil. (How about Jamaal Tinsley?) He will get the league minimum. Add Grant Hill and you now have a championship contender. Let's see what Iman and Toney can do and dont forget NY still would have money to spend in the summer. They have the full MLE. They are currently at $63mil on 11 players. Slightly above the cap but below tax.  Smile




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Stat for Paul str8 up.  The NBA will do this trade.  If we land chandler, it makes a lot of sense.  The NBA would do this trade becasue the Knicks, being competitive, is ver yvaluable to the league.  get er done



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

"and that the Warriors will turn their attention to Los Angeles restricted free agent "

OK, CBS writers...

Do you have proof readers? or an editor that checks what you have written before your publish it?

I wondered if they articles you were writing over the lockout were bad just because you didn't have a lot to write about. However no the season has started and stuff like this happens...

I live in New Zealand... We get one NBA game every two weeks on ESPN, and i still knew DeAndre Jordan was a clipper...

You have it easy, writing articles about sports you love... but clearly you don't have the passion to get your facts right....



Since: Sep 20, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Tyson Chandler

People keep talking about the Knicks signing Chandler and then shipping him to the Hornets. Hello, how do you all think he got to Dallas? The Hornets wanted to shed salaries and get under the lux tax. The Hornets could of kept Chandler and not have taken him back for their opwn player in CP3. Plus who owns the Hornets, the NBA; that will show if any ugly trades occur to any team.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

This will probably translate to 15+ more wins next season if it happens



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

"and that the Warriors will turn their attention to Los Angeles restricted free agent "  i guess if i was a professional writter for CBS, i wouldnt have to know what team people play on either. Jordan is on the Clippers Moore and Golliver. 



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

tyson chandler. max contract. thats alot of $$ for 9pts, 10 rebs a game.



Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

   Chandler for 4 years 60mil no  I would rather the Knicks trade Amar'e for Dwight Howard and keep Billups and find players that could play with those two a Dominant Center and a Great scorer  put good pieces around them is better than Paul, Carmelo, and a often injured center chandler





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