The New York Knicks could end up with the strongest front-court in the NBA, if a deal that the “New York Post” is reporting comes to fruition; however the deal would cost the club the services of a key veteran. According to the paper’s sources, it appears that the Knicks are now the front-runners to sign former Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler to a multi-year Free Agent contract. In order to clear the cap space needed to sign the big man who helped the Mavericks win their first NBA Title back in June; New York would most likely have to use the team’s “Amnesty Clause” on veteran point guard Chauncey Billups as well as trade big man Rony Turiaf, possibly to Dallas.
The report says that the proposal would be to put Billups on waivers with the aid of the “Amnesty Clause” which would pay the veteran in full, but not count against the club’s salary cap. After trading Turiaf, the Knicks then would offer Chandler a multi-year pact said to be valued at $14 million per year. That deal would combine Chandler with small forward Carmelo Anthony and power forward Amar’e Stoudemire; which barring injury could give New York the best “TRUE BIG THREE” since the Celtics had a front-court of Bird, Parish and McHale in the eighties.
It is known that Chris Paul would very much like to sign with the Knicks when he becomes a Free Agent next summer. The acquisition of Chandler would only increase the Hornets point guard’s desire to play next season at MSG, as the two were quite a tandem during their days with New Orleans.