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Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 4:25 pm
By Matt Moore  and Ben Gollivertyson-chandler

Ken Berger of reports a stunner. Berger reports that the New York Knicks have emerged as the leader for Tyson Chandler, ahead of the Warriors, who reportedly offered Chandler a four-year, $60 million deal Thursday. Berger reports that the Golden State offer isn't as "robust" as the report from California indicated.

In order to make room for Chandler, Berger says the Knicks would use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups, or trade him, then move Ronny Turiaff. 

In the wake of Berger's report, reports that there is a "98 percent" chance Chandler winds up with the Knicks and that the Warriors will turn their attention to Los Angeles Lakers restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan. Yahoo Sports reports the Knicks are close to a 4-year deal with Chandler worth $58 million.

How this move would affect the Knicks' pursuit of Chris Paul is not known at this time. It would give the Knicks their best interior defender and a game-changer at the rim. The Knicks would be in a dire position for point guard to run D'Antoni's offense. Along with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks would feature an even better frontcourt, one of the best in the league. With the Knicks' biggest issue being defense, Chandler would revamp their team. 

Should the Knicks not wind up with Paul (if, say, he goes to the Lakers as a Houston-New Orleans-Los Angeles deal is being volleyed), they'd still have an excellent core. Stoudemire's primary weaknesses are at-rim defense and rebounding, and yet he's been forced to play center for the past six seasons of his career. Chandler provides everything the Knicks need to quell questions about their defense and toughness. The point guard duties would then fall to Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert, a rookie who has captured the hearts and minds of Knicks fans like... every player the Knicks have drafted for forty years.

Stoudemire is nearly untradeable should the Knicks still be pursuing Paul, as the insurability of his knees following surgery six years ago leaves questions about his long-term health. Ironically, Stoudemire would benefit most from the addition of Paul and Chandler, with Chandler covering his deficiencies down low and Paul working with Stoudemire in the pick and roll which made him an MVP candidate in Phoenix next to Nash. But the Knicks would almost certainly not trade Carmelo Anthony due to both his name brand value and the work that was put in to acquire him initially.

The Knicks' plan isn't clear at this point, it may never be clear. But even with limited cap space, they remain a major player in this short NBA "offseason," even before signings can happen.

The question is now whether this is the end game for the Knicks, or whether it is a secondary move in pursuit of Paul, should they manage to land Chandler.


Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:38 pm

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

he's already a knick...
now we just need a PG

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:21 pm

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

DEAL IS DONE cbs is just slow

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:35 pm

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:35 pm

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Regardless to who they sign I'm still......KNICKS 4 LIFE!!!!!!

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:52 pm

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Think Charlie Villanueva a few years ago to Detroit. Chandler is coming off a contract year is which he improved from awful to average. How is that a talent that is worth $58 million?
 a comparison to C-Vill is beyond inaccurate.

Tyson is a much better defender, you do realize that the amount of blocks per game a player gets is not indicative of how good a defender a big man is right??

there is a reason why Artest, Ben Wallace, Bowen, Bell, Battier were considered some of the best all around defenders of the game lately...they actually defend well, not just get a few steals and blocks.

Garnett won a DPOY without leading in any of the major defensive stats...and it was well deserved.

the idea is to build around two premier scorers in amare and Melo. Put pieces around them that arecapable of bringing to the table what your stars do not.

Outside shooting and defense/rebounding

if they laqnd Chandler, he is a perfect fit.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:47 pm

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

He would be a great fit.

They already have two premier scorers...there is only so much ball to go around, any pieces they acquire need to be guys that do not need shots.

...outside shooters and defender/rebounder types...

they solved one of these problems by landing (hopefully) THE GUY on the market for that need.

it isnt always about getting "stars", once you have a few stars, it is about geting the right type of players to compliment the needs that the stars do not fill...

Perfect move if they can make it happen

Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:53 am

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

look at his numbers.. This is what the knicks needed. Who would you rather have at center jared jeffries or chandler? Chandler is the type of player that does not need offensive plays and will get you 9-10 reb a game and be a great defender. I wouldnt call him mediocre. I think he will be a great fit for the knicks 

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:50 am

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Neither Paul or Howard will be available next year, so why not get the big man now, and he did well in the playoffs

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:38 am

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

We need the size and we need the defense. I dont why Posts here are against him. We have enough scoring. I like it. Lets go get a Title

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:53 am

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

Can you imagine adding Steve Nash to that mix for his last 2-3 years, a pure point guard that will stretch defences with his shooting, and also constantly creating for others, and Carmelo, A'mare and Tyson can all finish.

Some defencesive liabilites but a defensive minded role player at two, plus a mistake eraser at the rim in Chandler, my goodness! I think they would eat up Miami, Boston and the other teams in the east.

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