Donnie Walsh likes the Chandler Trade

Ex-General Manager now team consultant Donnie Walsh gave his thoughts to Marc Berman of the NYPost about the Tyson Chandler trade.

“I think Tyson is the perfect pickup for the Knicks and fills the biggest need for the team,’’ Walsh told The Post yesterday. “It was a great job by Glen and may go down as one of the best pickups in the history of the Knicks. The trade was what the team absolutely needed to be a franchise with championships goals.’’

“It really elevates the team for now and the future,’’ Walsh said. “Tyson will be great for chemistry with Amar’e and Melo and the rest.’’
“The cap space in 2012 allowed the team to add a key player now — or in 2012,’’ said Walsh. “The opportunity came now. And Glen did a great job of accomplishing it. Cap maintenance is a priority for every team so you can be flexible.’’

Walsh, who stepped down after last June’s draft, had inherited the worst cap situation in the NBA when he took over in 2008. “I am happy for the franchise and Glen,’’ Walsh added. “They deserve good things to happen.’’

“I have talked to Donnie,’’ Grunwald said. “He was on standby to help with some recruiting if we went another direction. I’ve talked to him several times over the free-agent period.’’And nobody could be more delighted with the way it’s turned out than Walsh.

“It is an exciting time of the year.”

Glen Grunwald is following the blueprint that Donnie Walsh has laid out for him. Grunwald has managed to improve the team’s biggest deficiency which is defense, losing Billups and adding Chandler is move I believe most Knicks fans will accept. The best part about the sign-trade for Chandler is the fact that his contract expires the same year as Stat & Melo’s does. The Knicks will have the their “Big 3″ for the exact same years, if the trio cant lead New York to the promise land then the Knicks can always change directions. Having options is a beautiful thing, and before Walsh the Knicks didnt have many of those.

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