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Frustrated Tyson Chandler isn’t sure of his future with Knicks

Mar 4, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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Everything is up in the air with the Knicks. Management’s focus right now is to bring back Carmelo Anthony and to do that they need to shake up the roster — try to dump their biggest contracts to clear out space for free agents, get younger and more athletic. Which means anyone and everyone could be traded.

Including Tyson Chandler. The veteran former Defensive Player of the Year has struggled some this season, between injuries and the fact you can drive around the Knicks perimeter defense like going around an orange traffic cone. But at age 31 he would draw some interest on the trade market, despite his $14.6 million contract for next season.

Chandler sounded uncertain about his future in New York when speaking to the New York Post. Does he want to stick around in New York for another season?

“That’s something I have to visit during the offseason,’’ Chandler said. “We’re all going to have a lot of decisions to make.’’

As you would expect of Chandler, he would rather focus on this season.

“For me, it’s important regardless [to finish out strong],’’ Chandler said. “I got a lot more pride than this, coming in night in, night out losing, and not putting forth the type of effort it takes to win. At this stage of my career and what I’ve established, I refuse to let it put a blemish on it.’’

The problem for the Knicks in trading Chandler is they likely don’t get as much talent back in that deal (more than they would for Amar’e Stoudemire or Andrea Bargnani, however). Also, if they do trade him they are going to have to take back contracts as well and they don’t want to mess with their 2015 cap space.

Look for the Knicks to try and overhaul everything this summer. Chandler (through his agent) may look for a trade that gets him somewhere he would rather be. In the right defensive system he would have a lot of value, but how many teams are going to take on that salary?

Which is to say he may look around, then very well could end up back in New York next season.

  1. savvybynature - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    You know what fringe playoff contender really needs a solid defensive center and could be a perfect fit?
    The Dallas Mavericks, haha

    • chicagosports2014 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      New York just need to build around Hardaway and shumperd, solid pieces to the bench or starting 5. Cause most likely ther stuck with old man Amare Stodamire contract

      • asimonetti88 - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        I’ll never understand why the Knicks wasted their amnesty on Chauncey Billups. He was on the last year of his contract and they could have used that amnesty on Amare’s much larger and longer contract.

      • djeter220 - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        @asimonetti88 If they didn’t amnesty Billups, they would have been unable to afford Chandler

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        @ asi

        They used the amnesty on Chauncey so they could sign Chandler to the ridiculous price tag he was asking for (sorry Ty, you’re one of my all-time favorite players, but you overpaid big dogg), ironically.

      • beagle11 - Mar 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Not only did they use the amnesty on Billups, but they exercised a team option on his contract just prior to doing so. This team has had no plan since Donnie Walsh left. So damn hard to route for this teams.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        Drives me crazy because everyone said Donnie Walsh was this amazing GM but he amensited Billups instead of saving it for Amare. I dont care where we have gone in the past three years (bc realistically where did we go the second round) Tyson was totally over paid and was not worth 15 million a year. Totally over paid bc of the championship he won. The guy has bounced around the league for a reason. He had that great year but he doesnt play like that every year and he is always hurt. FACT

        I am so sick of Knicks fans who cant see in front of their face and praise Walsh like he made these amazing moves. Go look up what he has done….

      • beagle11 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:30 AM

        Grunwald amnestied Billups and signed Chandler.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        I was incorrect. Grunwald did amnesty him. Walsh should have never picked up the option for 10 million on an aging often hurt point guard. It was a terrible move followed by an even worse move by Grunwald. Grunwald deserved to get fired after Barggani.

        Walsh had no back up plan after missing out on Lebron. Gave away a 1st round draft pick for McGrady to clear to cap for a second max when it was not needed.

        My point is when was the last time a competent GM was in office?

  2. lenbias34pt - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Chandler is a much better Center than Lebron or Durrant have ever played with. Hell, having Chandler makes NY superior to what LeBron had in Cleveland and yet Mello can’t get this team to the playoffs.

    Find a Mirror Mello.
    You are a great scorer; but like Dominique , the Ice Man and Pistol Pete, you have no idea how to be part of a winning basketball team.

    • dondada10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      The year Cleveland lost to the Spurs in the final the East was more of a joke than it is today. There was the shell of a good Detroit team and that’s it.

      I’ll say this: last years Knicks team was far better than the Cavs team that went to the finals. Furthermore, and to your point, Lebron is definitely the better play than Melo–nobody debates that. But the concept of Melo not knowing how to be “part of a winner” is just plain dumb.

      I know it’s a bit of apples and oranges (pardon the pun), but Melo won the NCAA title in 2002. That was while playing as part of a zone and as part of a college-style motion offense (Cuse was a pick and roll offense that year).

      • lenbias34pt - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        Thanks for replying Don.

        I’d enjoy hearing how weak you think the Denver squad was with Kenyon Martin, Nene, Billips etc……Hell he had Ai for a time.
        And this ‘part of a winner’ won how many playoff series?

        I think i make very good comparisons with Dominique in particular. Mello is a sick talent, but he just doesn’t understand what it takes to win.

        Heck Don, look at Mello’s build and every other NBA player who actually cares. It’s the 21st century, you are working out 10 +months a year or you just don’t get it.

        Love to see him team up with Deron Williams. Those guys wouldn’t win one game together.
        Some guys just know how to win. Funny thing is, Tyson Chandler is one of the guys who does get it.

      • dondada10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        Carmelo, with one L, took a Denver team to the WCF in ’08-09. I never said Melo’s Denver teams were weak, but the Conference was (and is) stacked. I thought we were talking about his Knicks rosters, which I admit have been equal to or better than Lebron’s Cavs roster. But Lebron’s Cavs roster was probably one of, if not the best, team in the East for at least two seasons.

        Remember, the Bulls weren’t what they are now. The Pacers weren’t what they were now. Boston was strong and Detroit was veteran led. That was it.

        How many playoff series has Melo won? 5.

        I’m not saying that Melo is a perennial winner. I’m not saying he’s on Lebron’s level. I just feel that people who blame him for his teams not winning don’t understand basketball.

      • sellahh - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        Last years Knicks team had 2 good stretches in the regular season, in the beginning and in the end where they went on a flukish and ridiculously hot streak from beyond the arc. Other than that they played .500 ball and then they dropped 2 games to the Celtics without Rondo and Allen.
        LeBron alone makes that old Cavs team better than what the Knicks were.

      • lenbias34pt - Mar 5, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Thanks again Don.

        So many points, least of those how little I understand about the game you claim Mello understands so much.
        I could talk about Mello’s 6-17 & 2 Reb 2 Ast exit game to the Lakers in the 08-09 season, AND how Kobie went 12-20 with 10 Reb , 6 Ast 35 pt game, but that is to simple.
        How about another question?

        Who are the best players in the East that won’t go to these watered down playoffs?
        Seems to me all the top talents are going to lead their teams to the dance……except Josh Smith and Mello.
        Gotta be D’Antoni’s fault!

        and yes, Cleveland will make the playoffs behind Kyrie’s improved D and team play. . . . hint

    • cruzan80 - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Riiiiiiiiiight…..because Raymond Felton is also a much better a PG than Russell Westbrook could ever hope to be, Dwayne Wade could only dream to ever be as good as J.R. Smith & who wouldn’t want their 100 million dollar PF to play only half a season every year vs a consistent All Star PF like Chris Bosh….right? It’s clearly Melo’s fault… it…..GTFOH.

      • lenbias34pt - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Hey Ms. Mello!
        Great to hear from you. ; ))

  3. peddealer - Mar 4, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Please Please please let’s relive the glory days and come back to Dallas….

    Now, about that scrub of a PG we start…..

    How about tanking and drafting a PG?

    I have never understood the Mavs aversion to building through the draft?

    Remember how we got Nash and Nowtizki?


    Traylor for Nowitzki

    Rights to Pat Garrity got us Nash I am pretty sure..

    • irvfin3 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      That’s because Mark Cuban doesn’t like relying on the draft. I wish he did. The Mavs aside of trading for Dirl only had a few good draft picks Kidd Josh Howard Devin Harris and Rolando Blackman though Howard and Harris were drafted after Cuban became the owner.

  4. jcampol - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Yeah yeah yeah melo is not a winner. Right. How much did Lebron win without wade and Bosch and battier and Allen and chalmers? If you are having trouble figuring it out its nothing. He won nothing. I’m not comparing the two because there is no doubt Lebron is the best player in the Nba right now. But to constantly say this guy is no good and not a winner with everything he’s been surrounded with is a joke. Everyone needs help even the best player in the nba. Sorry folks its a stupid argument

    • cruzan80 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Well said sir…..

  5. cantonbound13 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Chandler is overpaid

    • sellahh - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Obviously he is, he’s a phony who’s riding coattails of that one ring he got.
      “At this stage of my career and what I’ve established(…)”
      He established one ring as a roleplayer who played under 30 minutes and then won DPOY the following season based in huge part on hype.
      Most Knicks fans will tell you how awful his effort has been, how often he gets sick and injured and how long it takes him to return to any kind of good shape following such injuries.
      And yet, it won’t stop them from making scenarios like Chump + Chandler for Perkins + Steven Adams + Reggie Jackson + a first. They call him a bum and they want 2 first rounders for him. Serious talk.

  6. dolphindubs - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM


    Carmelo is the leader of the franchise right? Isnt that where blame is supposed to go?

    And if not, then you dont blame LeBron for the lack of winning while in Cleveland then do you?!

    • cruzan80 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      That’s my point. I don’t blame LBJ….I blamed the Cavs….that same team won 20 games once he left for Miami…..they were garbage. It’s the same thing with Melo….he’s not as good as LBJ….but he’s good enough to win a title if he gets to play with at least one solid stud next to him. The closest thing he had to that was Billups & that team got to the west finals…in an always tough western conference to boot. The Knicks suck….not Melo. Great teams win chips….not just a great player. (See Stockton, Malone, Barkley, Ewing, Webber ect.)

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        No, Melo does not suck… shocking I know, especially from me…

        He IS overrated though…

        Let’s pay $25 million to an inefficient, volume shooter/scorer who plays below average defense…

      • cruzan80 - Mar 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        @ sportfan7

        At least you can admit your just a hater….good post sir.

    • savvybynature - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      The blame should go to James Dolan in NY and Dan Gilbert in Cleveland, unfortunately casual fans don’t even know who those two are.
      You can’t really lead something when you don’t make any organizational decisions. I think most observers would agree that Melo in NY and Lebron in Cleveland have done their share to live up to expectations (except when Lebron quit in that playoff game against Boston).

  7. spillz121 - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    If you actually watch Knicks games, Tyson Chandler is vastly overrated. And he’s definitely not better than Ilgauskas was. They should trade him for a draft pick.

    And as far as Melo not being a winner, he may not have any rings but his career has not been that of a loser. When they don’t make the playoffs this year it will be the first time in his career. And when they finish under .500 it will be the first time in his career. He took Denver to the playoffs as a rookie. Go back and look at the nuggets record the two years before he got there. They had no business being in the playoffs. Lebrons cavs didn’t make it yet he won rookie of the year.

    I think a lot of the criticism comes because people know he is that good. Just look at the players people compare him to when they’re critiquing him. All Legends. I just can’t remember the team he was on that was supposed to when it all. Just about every series his team has lost, the other team was favored. In the NBA playoffs the favorite wins all the time.

  8. themagicfanguy - Mar 4, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    @Don When Lebron was on the Cavs the East wasn’t all that bad, definitely better than it is now. Cavs, Celtics, Magic, Hawks, Bulls, and Pistons were all better than they are now.

  9. dolphindubs - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:04 PM


    If thats what youre saying, then I agree. It is crazy to say players like Malone, Barkley, Maravich, Wilkins, etc. arent among the greats just because they dont have a ring.

  10. bknowledge - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Wish the Knicks had offered Chandler to Phoenix for a protected first and the expiring Okafor deal.

    Its gonna take the Knicks years to recover from the choice to amnesty Billups instead of Amare.

  11. sizzlazone - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    The sad thing they could of trade Billups as a expiring contract to team saving that Amnesty for that bum Amare waste of a contract. But hey its Jame Dolan the idiot owner of the knicks. Everybody knew about Amare knees during FA, the suns didnt bother offering him a contract. Nobody went GAGA over Amare in the FA, only the knicks did. You would think as a owner ok I need to protect myself against this dude when he knees start to fail. Instead of trading billups expiring contract to a team that needs it the idiot owner amnesty billups and now you are trap with a player who is averaging 10 points a game this season making over 20 millions and will make a notch below Kobe next season. If Melo leaves which I honestly believe he will. Knicks are going to be worst than the Cavs when lebron leaved them.

    • pnupe2k - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Why are you calling Stat a bum? Everyone knew his knees were shot. The Suns did offer an incentive laden contract. However, the Knicks did their usual and threw a pile of money at him.

  12. therealgrande - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Tyson has played very poorly on defense this year. He’s had some solid rebounding games lately but that’s mostly all his contributions. I don’t think the Knicks should mind him leaving. Time to gut the roster and make moves surrounding Melo if you want him to stay.

  13. jhuck92 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    At this point, is anyone really sure of their future with the Knicks?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      James Dolan

      • cruzan80 - Mar 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        Lol! Good one sir.

  14. Jackofallsports - Mar 5, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    The Knicks are a mess

  15. campcouch - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:07 AM

    It’s the NBA. Having a bad year? Bail out! Request a trade or buyout. Heaven forbid that I finish up with the team I signed with for a ridiculous sum. Funny how no one said a word last year. Unless the Knicks can get a 2nd rounder,keep him and make him suffer with the rest of the team.

    • pnupe2k - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Yes, keep him and pay the $14 mil. Players generally ask for a buyout when they are traded during a salary dump and the new team really does not want them. Please do not cry because your team totally trashed their roster and cap space with bad trades.

  16. kavika6 - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Chandler is one of the most over-rated players in the league.

  17. benjamintko - Mar 5, 2014 at 6:01 PM


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