Report: Knicks Could be Closing in on Deal with Tyson Chandler

Since Free agency talk began about a week ago, there have been a few teams that have been talked about as having interest in Tyson Chandler, and the Knicks were not one of them. Not until today.

According to multiple outlets, the Knicks are now chasing Chandler, presumably under the premise that landing Chandler will give them a better chance at getting Chris Paul.  The Knicks could make some moves in order to free the space to land Chandler; this would probably mean either amnestying Chauncey Billups or including him in a sign and trade with the Mavs.

The move would make sense from a Mavericks standpoint if J.J Bare decides to leave as a free agent. Getting Billups back in return for Chandler insures that the Mavs don’t let Chandler walk for nothing, but also gives them flexibility next offseason which they could use to go after  All-star point guard Deron Williams, who is a Dallas native.

By acquiring Chandler the Knicks fill a large void in the middle, adding a defensive presence next to the offensive minded Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.  However, depending on the final salary that the Knicks give Chandler this could negate the Cap room that the Knicks have with which to acquire Chris Paul. If this is the case the Knicks could look to other point guard options, including Steve Nash who will be an available free agent next season.

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