Friday, December 9, 2011

Tyson Chandler Will Be a Knick

From Howard Beck's piece on the New York Times website:
"Tyson Chandler is on his way to New York in a complicated deal that will give the Knicks a major defensive boost while leaving them with a gaping hole at point guard."
This pretty much sums it up. Chandler will be a tremendous presence for the Knicks: on defense, in the paint, and in the locker room. As is mentioned in the piece, and was also mentioned by Magic Johnson (!), Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony form arguably the NBA's best front-court.

The Knicks will use the new amnesty provision on Chauncey Billups to clear room for Chandler, and they will look to trade Ronny Turiaf.

This does leave a big hole at point guard though. Toney Douglas started 9 games at PG last year, and did fairly well (13.9 ppg, 52.2 FG%, 5.7 apg), but is not suited to be a starting PG full time. The Knicks could go the cheap route and try to sign a free agent PG like Sebastian Telfair or Earl Watson (both are pure speculation on my part), or another option has been mentioned....
Alan Hahn
Haven't yet heard how feel, but keep hearing that Baron Davis is already in an Empire State of Mind. Cavs still have to amnesty.

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