Tyson Chandler signed with the Knicks today. I imagine this was originally part of the plan to get Chris Paul, but they could use the defense, rebounding and toughness all the same. The only problem I see is that now this means they have to waive Chauncey Billups who isn't worth 14 million, but I don't think he is washed up either.
I'm not sure what they do with the guard spots now. Hopefully Fields hasn't shown us everything yet, but I have no faith in Toney Douglas as a starter.
I also don't like the talk of Amar'e becoming trade bait. MSG loves this guy.
... And the sooner they fire D'Antoni the better. He's going to kill these guys with the shoot the ball as much as possible offense.
... But yeah having a real center wasn't expected, but could be nice.
It makes them a much better team as Amara can move off the 5 and let Chandler be the enforcer. Melo is the playmaker who shoots from the outside, Amare is the mid range guy who also rebounds and Chandler gets the tip ins and blocks. it also lets them play a little more aggressive on defense knowing if their guy gets by them, Chandler is waiting.
This is an unexpected great signing for the Knicks. And while it takes them out of the Chris Paul derby, there are plenty of serviceable PG who would now love to come to NYto play for a team that should have home court for at least one round, if not more.
They will be a tough out in the playoffs.
James Dolan - you ar enow 3 for 3 with Amare, Melo and Chandler. Unless you hire Isiah back, I will refrain from trashing you for a while.
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Originally posted by ekedolphinGood signing for the Knicks. Hats off to them. Any word on how much he cost?
Number I heard tossed around was 4 years, $58 million.
This pretty much takes New York out of the running for Chris Paul both now and next offseason, but I think it's a smarter move. As the Celtics proved with Rajon Rondo before anyone thought he was good, you can win with serviceable play at the point + a stout interior.
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The Knicks sent veteran center Ronny Turiaf, cash considerations and a 2013 second-round pick to Washington. They also dealt second-year guard Andy Rautins to the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas sent a second-round 2012 draft choice to Washington and the draft rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis to New York. Washington also sent a future second round draft choice to Dallas.
In addition, to create enough cap space to sign Chandler, the Knicks waived veteran guard Chauncey Billups, designating him as the club's amnesty player. Billups and his $14.2 million contract will not count against the Knicks' salary cap.
Assuming the Knicks can assure Amare that they were just kidding about trade rumors (they probably weren't, but still), the Knicks look really good this year. Chandler gave the Heat fits on defense and that's the reason that the Knicks probably scooped him up.
The bigger story to me is Billups getting amnestied. I'd expect him back in Denver soon.
EPIC MELTDOWN (cnnsi) Shaq: Gee Amare! I guess that wasn't our head coach, it was moon mice all along. Amare: Hokey Smoke Shaq, you're right! Shaq: Oh well, at least our trades came though and everything turned out happily ever after. Amare: