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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 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

One good year and the dude lands $58 million.......awesome, why did the lock out end again? Seems like the same old NBA to me with the players running the show and the small market teams continuing to suffer. Maybe the NBA should downsize to just the Lakers, Celtics, Knicks and the Heat and then they can play each other 20 times a year? 



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Great sign by the Knicks. They needed a Center and defense and got both for less then max money. Front court looking good for NY.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Noles you're canadien.  No one cares what you have to say HEY



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

The Knicks worked there butts off to clear awful contracts, and now are turning around and giving out another one...This is a victory for Knicks opponents. 15 Million to grab some rebounds? Why wasn't I born 7 feet tall? In reality, Amare, Carmelo & Chandler aside, you can't win with three players. You need depth to compete. Some teams are going to have a better bench than you, and that is where you will lose. Carmelo scores a lot, but he shoots a lot.. it takes touches away from Amare. 



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Yowsa, we got DEFENSE!!!lets see how fae we can go!!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

fellow knick fans, hugs to all.  Lakers watch baby heat watch out




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

fellow knick fans, hugs to all.  Lakers watch baby heat watch out




Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:03 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

the rookie Shumpert can handle that job, and look who he is playing with now.. it wont take long before you and the world see he is the truth.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

i am a knick for life, and i want them to stop always looking to get a star from somewhere else, shumpert has the heart- game- and mind-set to be better than any guard drafted before him in the draft, and YES he can play de-fence at the NBA level, so i say start him, NOW LET"S GO NEW YORK.




Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Excellent move by the Knicks and EXACTLY what they needed....now the burning question is: Who plays PG??


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