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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

HEY DOLAN NO ARENAS PLEASE!!!!! HE'S A CANCER



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Chandler solidifies the Knicks frontcourt. Now, the Knicks will probably go and sign either Baron Davis or Gilbert Arenas as their PG this season once they are amnestied by their teams.
Sportsfan1948 I wholeheartedly agree with you on the Tyson Chandler addition. I will take Baron Davis and his injuries in a heartbeat over the cancerous nutjob that is Gilbert Arenas who has a propensity for pulling guns on teammates and taking dumps in their shoes.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Nice pickup by the Knicks. The league moves closer and closer to being a 6 team league. Within a year about 20 teams will be irrelevent.



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Finally the Knicks have done something right and addressed an actual glaring need with the signing of Tyson Chandler. As far as this Knicks fan is concerned Christmas has definitely come early for us.

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.
Anybody that read my post game comments last season as well as my comments on the New York Knicks Fanatics page here on CBS Sports.com knows that I have been looking to get a big man to take some of the pressure off of Amar'e Stoudemire. I even looked at Timofey Mozgov as a potential "savior" and complained when Mike D'Antoni refused to give him minutes.
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.
So true. Right now I would project the New York Knicks as a #4 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs that could very well get to the Eastern Conference Finals this season.

Great signing!!!!



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

The Knicks are in good shape now we needed a true center so now just pick up a decent point guard and if we stay relitivity healthy we can be a force going foward finially knicks are relivent it`s been a long time coming.



Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

So much for a Mavs repeat, no Butler, no Chandler, and JJ about to go too. If I were Dirk I would ask for a trade, this team will suck balls now.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

Chandler solidifies the Knicks frontcourt. Now, the Knicks will probably go and sign either Baron Davis or Gilbert Arenas as their PG this season once they are amnestied by their teams.




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