Tyson Chandler: I Plan On Signing With Knicks

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony.

Sound good, Knicks fans?

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that New York has “emerged as the leader” to sign Chandler.

The Twitterverse then exploded.

Knicks fans, upset Dallas backers and NBA fans in between all wanted in on the discussion. Is Chandler really headed to New York? Would the Knicks then trade Amar’e to New Orleans for Chris Paul?

To make room for the 7-foot-1 center, Berger reported New York would trade point guard Chauncey Billups, or use the new amnesty clause on him, then find a suitor for Ronny Turiaff.

On Friday, Chandler told KESN-FM that he plans to sign with the Knicks.

“Nothing is absolutely certain until you put ink to the paper,” he said. “I’m just waiting on that part.”

According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks are on the verge of a four-year, $56 million agreement with the free agent. The Golden State Warriors were previously thought to be in the lead for Chandler with a reported four-year, $60 million offer.

It seems Stoudemire will be staying put. The trade rumors were put to rest, at least temporarily, when the Hornets agreed to send Paul to Los Angeles on Thursday night. Though the NBA rejected the three-team deal involving CP3, the New York Post reports the Knicks still “realize Paul is headed elsewhere.”

Chandler averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in 2010-11 for the NBA champion Mavericks.

“Being able to play alongside Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and the young talent that they already have, I felt like that puts us in contention for the next four or five years,” Chandler said.

Knicks fans: What do you think of Chandler in the Big Apple? Sound off below…

  • Jason Ostrowski

    I want Chandler but not at 58/60 Mil over 4 years! We will have 2 players hitting 30 with bad knees making around 34 million and that just seems insane to me! I would much rather chase Howard and use Melo for the deal. A Howard STAT front court would be better than a Chandler STAT tandem and you can get another scorer to chuck long range shots.

  • dmaestro1

    Are you kidding me?
    This is a no-brainer, sign him up immediately!!!

  • mike

    Of course, I would love to have Paul on the Knicks, but it was always iffy as to whether we’d get him. Chandler is exactly the type of center we need, his strenghs are in our areas of glaring weaukness. Amare and Carmelo can now do what they do best. There is a good chance that we’ll find a point guard who is at least competent. and we go into THIS season, not next season, as a team that you could imagine winning it all without being in a psych ward.

  • BleacherCreature26

    CP3 is a tremendous player, and I would love to have him.
    However, Tyson Chandler is exactly what we’re missing. He’s a 7’1 center who plays tenacious defense and rebounds like a boss. also, he’s an NBA CHAMPION!! he knows what it takes to win — SIGN HIM UP!

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