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The Knicks would love to get Wilson Chandler back, if they can

Apr 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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The Knicks have a lot of post-season roster filling out to do… once they get the whole Donnie Walsh/Mike D’Antoni situation straightened out. And the Chauncey Billups situation. At least there are deadlines on those.

But when they do get all that figured out, and when the lockout is over and they can get around to dealing with role players again, they would love to get Wilson Chandler back (they sent him to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony deal), and he would love to come back, according to the New York Post. D’Antoni thinks he is the kind of role player the Knicks are now sorely lacking.

The problem is how. Chandler is a restricted free agent and now the Nuggets have the rights.

A sign-and-trade with Denver is possible, since the Nuggets once liked rookie Landry Fields, who had a terrible playoffs. Fields did not feel comfortable playing with Anthony, but he thrived with the Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov.

The Knicks also could go under the salary cap if they decide to buy out Chauncey Billups by Friday. If they bring Billups back, the Knicks could also sign Chandler to the mid-level exception on a long-term deal, if Chandler is willing to take less money to play in New York. The sense is he’s not thrilled with the Rocky Mountains and was despondent in his final weeks as a Knick with rumors he was bound for Denver.

The real problem is, we don’t know under the new CBA how all that would work. But look for the Knicks to try something.

  1. denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Take him back. I’ll take Fields, that kid was looking good until… well until after the All-Star break for some ODD REASON.

    • LPad - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      there’s this thing called a rookie wall and he hit about a week and half before Melo showed up.

      • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        a week and a half before Melo showed up Landry was hanging out in LA at the Rookie Game… come on man, this wall you’re talking about is an excuse.

      • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        “For me personally, it’s a matter of trying to make other guys better,” Anthony said. “I think it’s a challenge I take upon myself to get guys like Shawne Williams going, Landry (Fields) going, keep Toney (Douglas’) confidence up since he’s coming off the bench now with Chauncey (Billups) back.” – Carmelo Anthony

        That’s the wall you’re talking about. His name is Melo… apparently it’s a challenge to get guys going for Anthony… I WONDER WHY?

      • LPad - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:58 PM

        that’s when most rookies hit the wall. At that point, they have played more games than they ever have in one season. Heck, even the vets refer to that period of time as the dog days. I know you’re bitter about Melo not being there, but everyone who watched Knicks play all year know he hit the wall around that time.

      • LPad - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        Another thing, what exactly is wrong with a star player trying to get some of the role players out of their funks. All of which had nothing to do with Melo coming there. Unless of course, their no such thing as a rookie wall or if Melo was the reason Williams hurt his shooting hand or Melo put Douglas on the bench after Billups came back from his first injury.

      • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:36 PM

        Now LPAD, you’re making excuses for other factors. I never said anything about Williams and Douglas other than quoting what Melo said.

        Fields has been having the rumor mill about him not liking playing with Melo since 3 weeks after the trade. Without a good coach, and a good locker room enviorment I could see how a player could be lacking production in that regard.

      • LPad - Apr 28, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        man, you don’t even know what you’re talking about. Fields definitely isn’t the type of player that would leak stuff like that to the press. Anyone who watched the Knicks all year knows that. Even D’Antoni said that’s reason. In fact, he said it happens to most rookies and he’s not concerned about it. I guess you know more than he does. And that poor locker room stuff is just nonsense. All year pre and post Melo the Knicks had a good locker room.

        Stop hating on Melo. If the Nuggets never drafted him they would still be in the lottery all these years. He obviously wasn’t the sole cause of the Nuggets playoff struggles because they still lost in the first round. So stop pretending everything he touches turns to crap and move on.

    • ohkhan - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      i know youre hating on melo cause hes gone now, but the guy brought you to the western conference finals, where you lost to the eventual champs in 6 games. hes an elite player, and the nuggets will not advance farther without him there than they did with him until they acquire another elite player to replace him. you have a bright future ahead, but dont hate on melo so much, not many people wanna play in denver, at least he allowed the nuggets to acquire a solid amount of compensation, rather than the lebron way

      • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        Trust me, and everyone who follows this website daily kind of knows where I’ve stood about Melo since about last year mid-season. Get rid of him, we don’t need him to win championships because he’ll never win a championship. He’s not an elite player, he is an ELITE SCORER. That’s all he is. Have you ever been do a Denver game during the Melo era? Probably not, however… all you’d hear is the damn crowd bickering that he doesn’t know how to play transition defense, take a charge, and hogs the ball…

        Not hating cause he left, but hating cause I always have.

  2. jaypace - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Fields can’t shoot. They should have included him instead of gallo in the melo trade.

    • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      Gallo and Felton were coming in the trade regardless. It wasn’t a question of Fields Vs Gallo, or Fields Vs Felton. Felton and Gallo were coming or Denver wasn’t budging.

  3. acanniv - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Take him back, please. Chandler has been the Nuggets worst player in the series. He has absolutely no game around the rim, is a poor passer, has low energy, poor court vision and has been an absolute brick layer in the playoffs. I guess he can defend and rebound a little, so there’s something the Knicks probably need. As a Nuggets fan, I could not be more disappointed in the guy.

  4. LPad - Apr 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    hope the Knicks can get Wil back. he’s a good player that is rapidly improving. Given that the Nuggets may want to go with Affalo and Gallo as their primary wing players and have a ton picks to build on, it may not be that hard to get him back.

  5. jaypace - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Trade fields for gallo straight up

    • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      You’re an idiot.

      • denverhoopdreams - Apr 27, 2011 at 4:21 PM

        And for the record… I haven’t even called rapmusicmademedoit an idiot… because at least he had an idea… kind of… an idea of how the NBA worked.

    • ohkhan - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM

      yea dude im a knick fan, but that was dumb…i hope you were joking

  6. dysraw1 - May 4, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    in the nba environment means alot, wil da thrill was thriving in ny, in the playoffs he look out of sink.when he was in ny he was 1 of the most respected players on the roster, because of his ability to play the 2,3,4, spots. when he was here he was good, however right now we have too many 6ft8 66 67 players some of which i believe could be just as good as chandler. we need some 6 ft10 & better, & a smart pointman who wants 10 dimes per game

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