Dec 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT
Golden State really wants Tyson Chandler, they are not messing around.
But the New York Knicks are about counter with a huge offer of their own — one likely to win the day according to multiple reports.
The Warriors have made a four-year, $60 million offer to Chandler, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com.
The New York Knicks are about to make a big offer to Chandler as well and may be in the lead for his services, tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. However, to make that happen the Knicks would have to make some drastic moves, like using the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups and trading away Ronny Turiaf for virtually nothing.
One other option is to sign-and-trade Billups for Chandler with Dallas, which would be interesting and was suggested by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That would leave room for them to try and sign Chris Paul next summer. Which is part of why you want Chandler on your team in the first place, Paul has said he wants to play with him again.
The Warriors front office feels the Knicks have already won this bidding war, Wojnarowski added.
Golden State would have to use its amnesty to make a move as well, Steinmetz reports.
In order to sign Chandler — assuming he agrees — the Warriors will likely have to amnesty center Andris Biedrins, still owed $27 million over three years.
Chandler was the anchor of the defense that won the Dallas Mavericks an NBA title, however rather than bring the band back together in Dallas that organization is focusing on keeping cap space to go after free agents next summer.
The Knicks have a lot of scoring power with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but need a big man in the middle on defense to really compete in the East. Chandler fits that bill perfectly. But the cost is high — getting rid of Billups. They would have Toney Douglas and that’s about it save for rookies at the point.
Golden State’s new owners — Joe Lacob and Peter Guber — have talked about changing the culture of the franchise, and this would do it. Under Don Nelson in recent years the Warriors had been a run-and-gun team, something that started to change last season under Keith Smart. But the owners wanted more change and went out and hired first-time coach Mark Jackson.
Golden State has been in the Chris Paul sweepstakes but that talk has cooled recently. This signing could change that dynamic. Paul said he would more seriously consider saying he would sign long term with a team that had Chandler (Paul and Chandler played together in New Orleans). If Paul would give that assurance, then the Warriors would have to consider whether to put Stephen Curry in the deal, which is the piece the Hornets want. As of now, no Curry and no commitment from Paul.
With or without Paul this would be a huge get for Golden State. They have dynamic backcourt scoring with Curry and Monta Ellis, they have David Lee at the four, with Chandler this could be a playoff team and a team on the rise in the West.
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