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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: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Lets see what the chandler deal is first.  It could be major deferred money for all we know.  they did get back way under the cap after signing melo and amare as well.  there are ways.  



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

they should've never exercized that option on Billups anyway and now they're stuck using up their amnesty card on him. 



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

That sounds great, but how could they add Williams next year and stay under the cap?  I think if they do this without trading Amare or Carmelo, they'll probably set their sites on convincing Nash to sign next year as a free agent.  At his age, he'd probably come a lot cheaper than Williams.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

forget paul.  get chandler and make a run at Deron Williams when he opts out next year.  the nets will NOT be able to build around williams no matter what they say.  Nene?  Please.  Nobody will go there, new arena or not.  

knicks have a real oppoturtunity here.   



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

In the wake of Berger's report, that there is a "98 percent" chance Chandler winds up with the Knicks and that the Warriors will turn their attention to Los Angeles restricted free agent .

As a Lakers fan, i think we should trade DeAndre Jordan to the clippers. Pick up a few pieces.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Tyson Chapman for a 4 year $600 million contract? Don't make me be a grammar nazi...


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Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:10 pm
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Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Just a left field comment on this. Does anyone remember who drafted Chandler & Eddie Curry? Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause. He built 6 championships. He had a few clumkers, Brad Sellers. He had a great eye for future talent and more diamonds than lumps of coal in the NBA. He had the stones to fire Doug Collins and bring in Jackson with no NBA head coaching experience. He should be elected to the HOF.




Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

The rumor of trading Amare Stoudamire for Chris Paul makes no sense.  Chandler is a solid defensive center, but is nothing compared to Stoudamire.  A Paul, Chandler, Anthony combination is a downgrade from what the Knicks would have by adding Chandler and bringing in a solid point guard.  This lineup will make any average point guard an all-star.  Look at Mo Williams in Cleveland with LeBron and that supporting cast.  He was an all-star.  Now Williams is with the Clippers and will never be an all-star again.



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Damians, lets hope this happens!  This would be huge for the Knicks.  A legitimate defensive center!  Billups can go I fine with it.


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