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Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:00 pm
 
By Matt Moore  

The Knicks have their man, and it's not CP3. Even after talks broke down in a deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers, leaving open the possibility of the point guard joining the team he toasted in 2010, the Knicks have agreed to a deal with center Tyson Chandler. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Knicks had moved to the front of the line for the 29-year-old veteran who was a key component in the Dallas Mavericks' championship run. 

Chandler joined a Dallas radio station Friday to announce he would sign with New York and thank fans and the Mavericks organization. Dallas is clearly pushing to clear cap space in advance of 2012's free agency class, which seems to be narrowing every second, with both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard heavily involved in trade rumors that would put them on teams they would then re-sign with in July. 

The New York Times reports his asking price was a four-year, $58 million deal, which puts him at an average of $14.5 million per year. Compared to the ridiculous amount the New Jersey Nets are reportedly offering Nene, that makes Chandler a steal. It's a big win for the Knicks, who need a better interior defender and legitimate center. There are injury concerns with Chandler along with his age, but in a league that's short on big men, and for a team so despereately in need of defense and rebounding, this was a spectacular fit. 

Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony now make up arguably the best three-man frontcourt in the league. With Melo's perimeter range, Stoudemire's post and elbow offense, and Chandler's ability to clean up the offensive glass, the Knicks will be in a prime position to contend for the Eastern Conference Finals at the very least. To get this deal done, however, Chauncey Billups will be amnestied, something Billups is dead set against, and the Knicks will have to find some way to bring in a competent starting point guard. Toney Douglas hasn shown flashes but not enough overall, and rookie Iman Shumpert is an unknown at this point, playing under Mike D'Antoni who's not the rookie-friendliest coach in the league.

But Chandler does address immediate concerns, and helps out Stoudemire immensely. Stoudemire is a poor help defender, and Chander is excellent at that. Stoudemire lacks the length and size to play center, Chandler is a pure five. Stoudemire struggles with double-teams in traffic, Chandler can finish off dum-offs. And Stoudemire is an attrocious rebounder and Chandler is of high caliber. 

The Knicks have a big man, a true 5. They may not get Chris Paul, but they're going to be a better team in 2011-2012. 

Comments

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Last years Knicks stood up Miami and the
Celtics... you have no clude about basketball.  This team will go to the finals.


???      You do realize that Boston swept the Knicks out of the playoffs in the first round. don't you?



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

By the way, people in the NBA don't think he's a monster.  That is why nobody offered him a max deal and the Mavericks didn't even bother to try and re-sign him.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Re-emerged last season? Have you been watching the NBA? He was the same player with Chris Paul and the Hornets, as he was with the Mavs

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I'll help you out as it doesn't seem that you have been watching the NBA.

3 years ago with Chris Paul and the Hornets he played in 45 games, shot 56.5%, averaged 8.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

2 years ago with Chris Paul and the Hornets he played in 51 games, shot 57.4%, averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Last year with Dallas he played in 74 games, shot 65.4%, averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.


What you meant to say is that he was the same player last year as he was 4 years ago with Chris Paul and the Hornets.  Which is the definition of "re-emerging".  If he played in Dallas last year like he had the two previous seasons with the Hornets he would probably have fallen into the backup category for the remainder of his career.

Only time will tell who is right but I'll be suprised if the Knicks get two good years out of him while they pay him for four. 



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Last years Knicks stood up Miami and the 
Celtics... you have no clude about basketball.  This team will go to the finals.
After a late night last night I was half asleep, thanks for waking up with that hilarious comment!!!!

The Celtics swept the Knicks in the playoffs!!!! 

Celtics - first place in division - 56-26

Heat - first place in division - 58-24

Knicks - 42-40, one game ahead of the Sixers.

Not saying the Knicks don't play better this year, but NBA finals? LOL...

At this rate the Knicks will have  3 players on the court, it's all they can afford.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

I'm not sure that makes any difference.  After all, Kris Humphries AND Zach Randolph have played on four different teams.  And since I am looking at the numbers now, I see that for the season Chandler averaged fewer minutes (just barely) than Humphries and quiet a few less than Randolph.

I'm not hear to argue with you Noles506, but I'm just pointing out that Chandler, while healthy is a very good center.  Healthy is the key word. 
You told me that the reason behind Chandler and is under 10 boards a game was because he played for Dallas. He played for them for one season, how does that explain his numbers on other teams? Do they all play like "a slower methodical team"? I'm not arguing either, just talking about a free agent signing. Randolph has done better than Chandler in terms of avg on a number of teams, As far as Humphries he may have just been a one hit wonder, kind of like his marriage. 



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Well Tyson, you have your big payday...hope you're happy.




Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:35 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Last years Knicks stood up Miami and the
Celtics... you have no clude about basketball.  This team will go to the finals.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:08 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Still wont get past the Celtics, Bulls, Heat, and maybe NJ if they get howard..Wonder if the GM thinks cause he changed the culture in Dallas hell do the same here. In Dallas he was surrounded by veterans and not selffish players who look out for only thmeselves



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:48 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

I don't have the numbers right in front of me, but I'm fairly sure Tyson Chandler didn't get the rebounding numbers that Zach Randolph and Kris Humphries got is because Dallas was a much slower, more methodical team.  He just didn't get as many opportunities to rebound as other, up and down the court teams did.
You do know that Chandler has played on 4 different teams right?



I'm not sure that makes any difference.  After all, Kris Humphries AND Zach Randolph have played on four different teams.  And since I am looking at the numbers now, I see that for the season Chandler averaged fewer minutes (just barely) than Humphries and quiet a few less than Randolph.

I'm not hear to argue with you Noles506, but I'm just pointing out that Chandler, while healthy is a very good center.  Healthy is the key word. 



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:50 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

According to the non-"haters," anybody who suggests Tyson Chandler is not a superstar center is an idiot or moron.  Seems like a good fit for the Knicks, but if he's so good why isn't he getting a max salary offer from every team.  Must be some dissenters out there.  Last time Knicks went out for a top defensive center it worked out real well - Human Eraser, Marvin Webster.  


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