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Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:34 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 3:34 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivertyson-chandler

The New York Knicks completed two major roster moves on Saturday, formally announcing the signing of free agent center Tyson Chandler and confirming that the team has used the amnesty clause to waive point guard Chauncey Billups

The Chandler signs comes as part of a 3-way sign-and-trade between the Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards. New York gets Chandler, the rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis from Dallas; Dallas gets second-year guard Andy Rautins from New York and a protected 2012 second round pick from the Wizards; Washington gets Knicks center Ronny Turiaf a 2013 second round pick plus a reported $3 million in cash from the Knicks.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported on Thursday that New York was the favorite to land Chandler, a key member of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. Chandler's deal is reportedly worth four years and $58 million. 

The Knicks will receive cap relief on the $14.2 million owed to Billups for the 2011-2012 season, the final year of his contract. Billups was reportedly very upset by the decision; he will now enter a blind bidding pool of teams where only teams that are below the salary cap can compete for his services. His stay in New York was short: he was traded along with forward Carmelo Anthony prior to the 2011 trade deadline.

By shedding Billups, Turiaf and Rautins, the Knicks have actually created cap space for themselves despite the sizeable offer to Chandler. They will need it. Having lined up the best 3-4-5 combination in the NBA with Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks must now work quickly to address their backcourt, which is about as barren as it gets. 

New York's thinking here is pretty clear: dream target Chris Paul seems destined for the Lakers and Chandler was arguably the best catch in this current free agency pool, making an excellent consolation price. A premier shot-blocker and team defender, Chandler fills New York's gaping hole in the middle, making life easier for both Stoudemire and Anthony. While people will pause before calling this a true "Big 3", it's a dominant trio. Chandler is mobile enough to keep up with a fast-paced offense, but the biggest question is his durability, as he has missed at least eight games in five of the last six seasons. The Knicks will be very thin and at a major disadvantage whenever he is unable to suit up.

The Wizards did nicely here as the facilitator, grabbing a solid asset in Turiaf, who is in the final year of his contract and is paid just $4.3 million. He fills a frontcourt hole and doesn't require a long-term or big-dollar salary commitment, perfect for a Washington team that's still in rebuilding mode. The extra picks and the cash to cover most of Turiaf's deal are just icing on the cake. 

For Dallas, this is a major blow. Conventional wisdom around the league dictated that billionaire owner Mark Cuban would do everything in his power to retain Chandler, who averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 block last season. Instead, he acquired a few minor assets and a large trade exception, which could definitely prove useful, in exchange for Chandler's departure to the Big Apple and must now work to fill his center hole with limited cap flexibility. Cuban's stated goal is to increase his cap space for a run at a superstar next summer, which is a solid idea. It's way too soon to rule out a repeat for the defending champs, who have also recently been linked to contact with Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard, but losing Chandler hurts, to be sure.

Billups is the big loser in all of this. Having apparently thought until recently that he was going to run a big-market, high-profile team on its way to a potential playoff run, his future is now left to an amnesty process that gives him no real control over his future. There will surely be bids for his reliable, veteran services, and the Knicks will recover financial savings if and when Billups is officially claimed.

In comments made to Yahoo Sports following the decision, Billups totally flipped out in an effort to dissuade teams from bidding for him.

I’ve been known as a leader, and I am a leader, but a leader can be as disruptive as he can be productive, especially when you carry a strong voice and people rally around you. This is about me now. This is about me, and teams should know that right now.”

“I want my freedom. My goal is to control my own destiny. And as you’ve seen in my career, I’ve never been in a position to do that. I know some teams out there are saying, ‘Oh, Chauncey will be great in mentoring’ and I’m tired of that. I’ve got a few good years left to play, and I’m not trying to come in and sit on the bench, or be a mentor. I’m not going to be that guy. I want to go somewhere and win. I want to choose.”

The goal here obviously is to create a situation where he can sign on for cheap with a championship contender or to ensure that he doesn't have to play for a middling team. Other than creating this sort of public outcry, Billups has no real leverage or control in the process. We now wait to see whether teams heed his threats.
Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

I think the Knicks should have gone afteer Howard. It's still possibe if they offer up Amare and a couple others. 



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

Hope Jerome Jordan brings his azz back to the States. The Knicks lack a suitable back-up center not named Amar'e. Chandler can only give you 32-35 minutes a night.



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

2011-2012 NY Knicks roster (As of 12/11/11)

PG: Mike Bibby/ Toney Douglas 

SG: Iman Shumpert /Landry Fields

SF: Carmelo Anthony / Derrick Brown / Jared Jeffries / Bill Walker

PF: Amar'e Stoudemire / Renaldo Balkman

C: Tyson Chandler 


2010-2011 NY Knicks roster (As of 4/17/11)

PG: Chauncey Billups

SG: Landry Fields

SF: Carmelo Anthony

PF: Amar'e Stoudemire

C: Ronny Turiaf





Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

A premier shot-blocker and team defender, Chandler fills New York's gaping hole in the middle, making life easier for both Stoudemire and Anthony. While people will pause before calling this a true "Big 3", it's a dominant trio. Chandler is mobile enough to keep up with a fast-paced offense, but the biggest question is his durability, as he has missed at least eight games in five of the last six seasons. The Knicks will be very thin and at a major disadvantage whenever he is unable to suit up.
Chandler has more than the risk of injury. He has the risk of quitting. Like he quit on New Orleans. Like he quit on Charlotte. With playoff PERS over the past three years of 15.2, 7.2 and 3.7 he has only one recent year that is average. That just happens to be last year. A contract year. What will New York get with Tyson? Not a 'big three' for sure. Maybe a big anchor - like cement shoes are an anchor. This is as risky a move as Isiah Thomas ever pulled for New York. We hope for their sake Chandler does not quit here.
As far as Billups is concerned he sees himself as a star and nothing will dissuade him. He can be a star - in the D-League. Billups in recent years has jacked up outside shots to the detriment of other parts of his former game. He hits those shots as well - in the first quarter. But opponents want him to take the shots in the fourth quarter. If he were the right point guard for Mike's offense he might still be in New York. Apparently Mike has spoken and Billups (certainly not worth $14M) rants and blusters and is released from the city he hated to go to just a year ago. Oh, how unfair, Chancy, that we remember what you said last time. At your age your ego needs a little deflation adjustment.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

Kinda sucks that the Knicks had to use amnesty on this guy, they should've never given him the option anyway. Now a couple years more in on Amare's 5 year contract Stat will break down and they'll be stuck with him.  

This trade and Billups canning will definitely make the Knicks better for the time being though.  

And please Billups, stop being and baby and stop crying you spoiled brat.  You get some nagging injury ever 3-4 games, are aging and slow as hell, yet you want to still be treated as a premiere player who can choose his next team?

Just like we learned about the NFL, contracts mean nothing to owners in the NBA either.  When the league can simply void contracts at will or control employment options for a veteran like Billups, the contract mean squat.  Players should start walking out in the middle of games or playing only when they feel like it.  Chris Paul and Billups should sue - they would each win a mint.  I hate the slavery comparisons, but this is definitely share-cropping.

Only homer Knicks fans will see this as fair, but they are knowwjn to be least objective fans (outside of the Red Sox) in all of sports.  Why do New York fans hate contract law so much?  Just look at the post I am replying to above, this fruitcake thinks free agency should only apply to players he deems worthy.  Freaking yikes.



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 10:47 am
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

Knicks should have figured out a way to keep Raymond Felton -- Denver didn't want him anyway.  Felton would've been sweet with this front court.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:41 am
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

Chauncy would be a perfect fit on LA. That'd be nasty. Although it looks like they're going to have real problems with Gasol's ego after dangling him. Too bad, because inserting Billups into that lineup would have been hard to beat in the playoffs. Memphis would also be a serious contender with Billups and a returning Gay joining Gasol and Z-Bo. Or how about Dallas: are they counting on Kidd/(re-signed) Barea again running the point? Also, why is no one talking aout the Heat? If Billups really wants to win, I believe the Heat stil have some money to spend after this CBA deal, even after signing Battier. If he wants a title, he'd ensure one in Miami. Last thought: The Knicks must have waived him as a pre-cursor to a big deal. I don't know how they would possibly get it done, but they've got to be thinking Chris Paul is coming to them. I'd heard earlier Knicks were trading Amare in a package for Paul.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:19 am
 

Lakers should target Billups if out of CP3 runnin

If the Lakers are out of the running to land Chris Paul then they should target Dwight Howard full-on and bring in Billups to play the point. He would give the Lakers just the right outside threat and smart, heady play they need from the position. Not a bad consolation prize for missing out on CP3...



Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:00 am
 

Anti-Canadian comment

houseofxia,

If Canadian are garbage like you, then the USA should not continue the friendship. I had met one Canadian in my life and he was a good guy, so I cannot say every Canadian is trash like you are. What happened in last season's NHL Stanely Cup? A riot over a hockey game, teh funny. Go ahead, move back to Canada, we don't care, go back and fantasize about bombing Florida you terrorist d1psh1t.




Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:44 am
 

Knicks sign Chandler, amnesty angry BIllups

Kinda sucks that the Knicks had to use amnesty on this guy, they should've never given him the option anyway. Now a couple years more in on Amare's 5 year contract Stat will break down and they'll be stuck with him.  

This trade and Billups canning will definitely make the Knicks better for the time being though.  

And please Billups, stop being and baby and stop crying you spoiled brat.  You get some nagging injury ever 3-4 games, are aging and slow as hell, yet you want to still be treated as a premiere player who can choose his next team? 


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