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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: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:43 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Any negative comment about this signing is ridiculous and should be disregarded. Anyone who understands the game realizes how important this type of player is to any team, and any idiotic comments about him being over rated, or some nonsense about the celtics somehow benefitting because they could bring in Billups as a backup, because hes going to want to " get back" at the Knicks is idiotic. Billups is still a useful player, and I'm sure the Knicks would rather have been able to keep him, but losing him is a very small price to pay for a true center in his prime. The Knicks still must find a solid "pass first" point guard, dont need a superstar, just someone who can distribute the ball, hit ft's and they could be a very dangerous team in the East.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:08 am
 

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. His skills are obvious and he is in his prime right now. Its amazing that Haters on multiple websites produce weak comments, and people in the NBA circle think Chander is a monster. Amazing...



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:48 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Chandler is over-rated.  He was almost a forgotten man in the NBA until re-emerging last season with Dallas.  New York is over-paying him after giving up too much for Anthony but at least now their fans can quit blaming Isaiah Thomas for all their cap difficulties and start blaming the current management.

On a somewhat related note, I've lost any bit of sympathy I might have ever had for the owners during the lockout.  They whine and whine about how they are losing money and then immediately start over-spending on free agents and trying to figure out ways to maipulate the salary cap so they can spend even more money. 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:29 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Adding Chandler is great .. but that is one WEAK backcourt and bench now.   That said, with Billups apparently getting amnestied and threatening to retire ... the Knicks still have to pay his salary, but he won't count against the cap .. that means Chauncy is still making mega bucks from the Knicks and could sign with anyone on the cheap for his final year of his contract ... saaaay a contender in the same division just out of spite.   How funny would it be if Chauncy signed with the Celtics on the cheap and backed up Rondo and as a result, the Knicks actually help the Celtics get deeper and better.  It could happen, especially with Chauncy wanting to only go to a team with a real shot at winning.  



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:24 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Nice signing by the Knicks. It definitely assures them a chance to slug it out with Chicago and Boston to be the second best team in the East. Should be a fun year to watch.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:30 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?



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 1:13 am
 

Now The Knicks Need a Guard

Chandler signing is good, but now they need a guard.  One developing rookie and one two year vet is not enough.  If they werent forced to give their best guard to Denver in the Anthony holdup, they would be set by now.  I guess they want to go with utes in the backcourt (I am using the Joe Pesci pronounciation).



Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:07 am
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Oh, no! This trade can't go through by NBA standards! This will make the Knicks way too relevant in the East, so this deal will be nixed as well. Will Paul still end up being traded? Probably, but, could the other league owners need to stand up to Stern and get rid of him! He believes that he has all this power and is misusing it. I don't care if the NBA owns the Hornets, but listening to bitter owners like Dan Gilbert gives the league very little real credibility and shows that the little guy now has all the power and the playing field is tilted towards only him, while the equality for everyone big and small teams is totally out the window. Nice job, David! 



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Good move by the Knicks should help them in the front court, a little expensive for him but he was the best at his postion in a thin market of F/A at that postion so it drove the price up a little.



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:22 pm
 

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.


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