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Warriors offer Tyson Chandler $60 million; Knicks may get him anyway

Dec 8, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

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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.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    We all know solid centers are at a premium in the NBA, but I can’t help but feel like this guy is getting overpaid.

    • redbullenergydrink - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      Two years from now, whichever team that gets him will be talking about how much of a burden his contract is to the team. Same old story and same old cycle.

    • therealhtj - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      Guess that’s why they invented the stretch provision

  2. ash2211 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Way too much. He helped Dallas get over the hump but he isnt a 15mil player

  3. bparmalee - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Overpaid is an understatement. You are signing a guy with limited offensive ability and suspect health to 4 years at 60 mill? The only explaination for this has to be that they have been scammed into thinking that if they do this Chris Paul will stay with them. I mean dont they already have an overpaid defensive center with no offensive skill in Biedrins? Now they trade for Chris Paul and watch him walk to the Knicks in a year. This will sink their franchise.

  4. dysraw1 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Tyson makes teams good defensively hes a good investment, I dont know about 14 per but he damm sure is a 6 million dollar man

  5. leearmon - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    If the Knicks do offer him the big $$$ and this does effectively take them out of the Paul sweepstakes, is this a sign that the Lakers do indeed have the deal in place for CP3? Does this also mean that Nash’s days in Phoenix are over as well?

  6. bparmalee - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I would be willing to wager that the Knicks would not touch Chandler at that number. The Warriors are most likely bidding against air for him in the hopes that it lands them Paul long term. I think people forget how often Chandler was hurt and how poorly he played in Charlotte. He had 1 good year with the Mavs (in a contract year.. we know how that goes) and now he is going to make superstar money. If the Warriors struggle it will be interesting to see what Chandler shows up game to game.

  7. thebigkahuna23 - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    The trade would look good but that team wouldn’t be good come playoff time. Monta Ellis and Paul are great players but undersized and can be taken advantage of on defense. How would they matchup with a team like oklahoma city?

  8. joekostelnik - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    The Warriors would immediately be a playoff team with Chandler. Whoever said Biedrins is a defensive center has it backwards. He was an offensive center who lost all his confidence. He’s got some athleticism and can block shots, but the Warriors haven’t had a defensive presence down low like Chandler in recent memory.

  9. cantonbound13 - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    If I were the Knicks, I would just wait for Paul next year. Give Jerome Jordan a shot this year at Center.

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