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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: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Signing Chandler was absolutely the right thing to do. Any team that has Carmelo and Amare needs defense in a big way. Amare at least can rebound. All Carmelo does is shoot the ball.......constantly. Now if the Knicks can get a little more defense and rebounding, they may be able to make some noise in the playoffs. If not it will be one and done.



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

oh, and the reason why Zach Randolph gets so many boards is because when he's guarding an opponent, he doesn't care about defense..   when the guy shoots, instead of trying to defend or at least put his hands over the shooters eyes to block his vision...   he just TURNS HIS BACK AND ATTEMPTS FOR A REBOUND WITHOUT EVEN ATTEMPTING TO BLOCK!!!   anyone with IQ over 60 can see that and if not...  well, HELLO FORREST!!



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

yeah, GARBAGE REBOUNDS WHERE THERE'S NO OPPONENT AND ONLY YOUR TEAMMATES!!!   for years, i wanted to get rid of those garbage boards as an official stat (same goes for the noble QB who'll throw a hail mary at end of game/half to at least ATTEMPT a score, instead of worrying about his QB rating)...

being a hip NY-ker (who's been a Nets fan since Kerry Kittles day) i obviously love Canadians...   but Noles, you are so far off and the fact that you named RANDOLPH AND HUMPHRIES THAT EPITOMITES garbarge rebounds tells me that you don't actually watch the games (or at least OBSERVE INTELLIGENTLY)...

i'm not a Chandler fan, but i've always respected his willingness to not GO AGGRESSIVELY FOR THE GARBAGE REBOUNDS COMPETIING AGAINST HIS OWN TEAMMATES!!   but he just let's him have it since he is a team guy, not a stat guy...   i think Noles should watch less NBA and more MMA (dude, alot of unjustified GSP haters right now so defend...   but just for record, i think GSP is the greatest Martial Artist of all time)




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

PS.. Kris Humphries and Zach Randolph are 6 foot 9 and had more boards then Chandler.
knicks wants chandler for rebounding as well as for his excellent defense. i don't think humphries or randolph better than chandler in terms of defense.

anyway i think this is a very good move by the knicks and now they have a true center to go along with amare and melo. all they need is a point guard who can run the show, i just hope douglas or shumpret can be that point guard.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Noles you're canadien.  No one cares what you have to say HEY
It's actually, "Canadian", not "canadien". I think they way you spelled it is French, you know merci beaucoup.

So your telling me you don't need depth to compete? Celtics won when they had depth, Mavericks won because of there depth....

You care what have to say, that is why you replied.

 Im reading all these comments, and I see some sort of basketball IQ in a handful of you people, but as a whole, you guys are lost. How many good centers are there in the NBA? Now out of those Centers, how many of them are over 7 ft tall? Now out of those 7 ft centers, how many of them are as athletic as a 6'4" guard? This guy has had more than "one good year", and has gotten better every single season he has been in the NBA. 
Your paying 15 million a year for a guy who scored 10 PPG last year and grabbed 9 boards per game. If you looked at his number he hasn't gotten better every year. A 7 footer should average at least over 10 boards a game. For the Knicks sake you better hope he ups the 2.8 offensive boards he had per game last year, Carmelo misses a lot of shots. 

PS.. Kris Humphries and Zach Randolph are 6 foot 9 and had more boards then Chandler.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

If Chandler can stay healthy- something he's had trouble doing throughout his career- this is a good signing. He adds what the Knicks need, he's a leader, and he doesn't need the ball to contribute greatly to this team. He should mesh well.

Chauncey Billups is overpaid at this point in his career, but he can still help a team. Still I feel for him in that he's likely to go to a team with little or no chance to win. It will be interesting to see which team selects him and how he might fit into that team. 



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Call me crazy but this just made the Knicks an absolute beast.  I think they can hang with anyone in the league now.  I don't even care about the Knicks one way or the other...but if this guy stays healthy he is a defensive force and as the article says, he's good at mopping up around the hoop on offense.  Great great pickup.  If they can get a one...watch out.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Another good move for The Knickerbockers!  They filled a big hole in the middle on offense and defense.  The knicks were good last year and as a Celts fan the Knicks will be better this year.  It'll be good to see both teams compete in The East.  Hopefuly we get nostalgic and return to visions of The 80's. 



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:45 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Im reading all these comments, and I see some sort of basketball IQ in a handful of you people, but as a whole, you guys are lost. How many good centers are there in the NBA? Now out of those Centers, how many of them are over 7 ft tall? Now out of those 7 ft centers, how many of them are as athletic as a 6'4" guard? This guy has had more than "one good year", and has gotten better every single season he has been in the NBA.

The #1 critique about the Knicks last season was that anyone from the opposing team was able to "skip" to the hoop, thru the paint, and not be defended, in an intelligent/physical way. Now they have a presence in the middle, that will alter EVERY shot. Amare started the year being very aggressive, and all that led to was him fouling out of games, or just getting in plain old foul trouble. Amare can now move to the 4 spot, and just plain old dominate, rather than having to guard centers and play the 5.

Ultimately, it is much harder to find a player like Chandler, than it is to find a manageable PG. They have depth now at the "off-guard" position and will be able to move someone. How about getting Kirk Hinrich? He can shoot, play D, and is a great fascilitator. Bottom line, the NBA is a BIG MAN league and the KNicks have just catapulted their team to having the best ALL AROUND front line in the league. All you haters or NON KNOWLEDGEABLE FANS, should sit back, and bite your tongue. NYC is back!




Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

your just another ignorant american you yankee douche


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