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Tyson Chandler: ‘I’m not into wasting seasons’

Apr 16, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

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The Knicks are probably going to be bad again next season.

They’re the NBA’s oldest non-playoff team, and they don’t have much flexibility to improve. They don’t have their 2014 first-round pick (or second-round pick or 2015 second-round pick or 2016 first-round pick for that matter). They’re short on other tradable assets, with only Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert carrying much value. Their best player, Carmelo Anthony, is a free agent, and if he leaves, they won’t have cap room.

It’s a dire situation not even Phil Jackson can repair in a year.

Patience is optimal – but not for Tyson Chandler.

Chandler, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“I definitely don’t want to waste another season,’’ Chandler said before the Knicks faced the Nets Tuesday at Barclays Center. “I don’t want to waste this season. I’m not into wasting seasons. Your time is too short in this league and I want to win a championship, another one. I’m not into wasting seasons.’’

Asked if the Jackson’s plan was more about the future than present: “I’ll cross that bridge when it gets to that point. I hope it’s not that situation.

“That’s decision isn’t going to be in my hands,’’ Chandler added.

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Perhaps, Chandler would be useful in a trade. His expiring contract and ability to play at a high level should make him intriguing to several teams around the league.

If the Knicks can find an available star before 2015 free agency, they could use Chandler’s expiring deal to facilitate a trade. Often teams trading stars want the fresh start Chandler’s ending contract would provide.

Or maybe the Knicks could trade Chandler for a lesser player on an expiring contract plus a sweetener (like a draft pick or solid young player). That wouldn’t cut, at least much, into the Knicks 2015 cap room.

Most likely, the Knicks will keep Chandler and let his contract expire. I understand why he wants a better situation – as he said, careers are short – but he might not have the option. That’s the exchange he made when signing a four-year, $47 million contract.

  1. djlexluger - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    The Knicks lost a lot of close games early in the season that put them in the position they are in now I think they make the playoffs next year with Melo, without it’s gonna be a wasted season.

  2. khadeemw - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    As a Knicks fan my response is….TRADE THEM ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lj312chicago - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Bulls fan on the fence about going after Melo…that said…it’s really hard to watch the idiots on ESPN who want Melo to resign…he resigns…next year is a waist…..then what…a complete over haul of the roster so that’s 2 years waisted hoping after next year you make a splash in free you’re banking on Melo at like age 33… 3 years from now carrying a team with who on it?

      …if Melo resigns he deserves what he gets.

  3. kclanton80 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Maybe he should stay healthy and step his game up if he doesn’t want wasted seasons.

  4. edwardemanuelson - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Cry me a river. He sure was quick to take a payday from that bad team, wasn’t he?

    • urodaddy07 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Agreed. He could have stayed in Dallas for less money. Winning wasn’t so important then?

  5. caeser12 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Tys-Cream Chandler needs to be the first to go.

    Lived off of his being on a championship team for years, while he played softer than wet tissue.

    Please spare us the BS, you’re no leader, or warrior.

    Go NY.

  6. cantonbound13 - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    He’s waaaayy overpaid for a center that can’t score.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM


  7. azarkhan - Apr 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Tyson, everybody playing for the Knicks is wasting his time. Join the club.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM


  8. bknowledge - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Tyson only played in Dallas 1 year…the only year Dallas ever won a championship. Watched Golden State get bounced in the first round this year without Bogut.
    So many people on this site under estimate the value of a center that plays D.

  9. bknowledge - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I wanted the Knicks to trade Tyson at the deadline to Phoenix for the expiring contract of Emeka Okafor an one of Phoenix’s first round draft picks.
    Too many of the Knicks main guys are too old for a rebuild- Tyson, Amare, Carmelo….

  10. cruzan80 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    “The Knicks are probably going to be bad again next season.”

    Bring on the “thumbs down” but I disagree with that notion immensely.

    The biggest reasons for the Knick’s failures this season were…in no particular order:

    1. Andrea Bargnani’s insertion to the starting lineup (changed the entire identity of last seasons team)
    2. J.R. Smith’s suspension & injury recovery (couldn’t get back to what he was last season until March)
    3. Tyson Chandler’s injury (30 missed games by any teams starting center will hurt you)
    4. Amare Stoudamire’s injury recovery (can’t be effective with a strict minute restriction)
    5. Raymond Felton’s flat out poor play (can’t be the worst starting PG in the league man)

    Long list of issues but a list that doesn’t have to repeat itself. This team went 15-6 over its last 21 games. In those final 21 games Woodson started:

    C. Tyson Chandler
    PF. Amare Stoudamire
    SF. Carmelo Anthony
    SG. J.R. Smith
    PG. Raymond Felton

    Everyone was healthy, no minute restrictions & playing in their natural position. Tim Hardaway Jr. & Pablo Prigioni had defined roles in the rotation & Bargnani was on IR… was simply too little too late.

    This summer…aside from resigning Melo…their priority has to be getting an upgrade at PG & health….that’s it. People forget that the lineup they ended the season with is the same one they projected to start two years ago….Amare’s injury is was spoiled that plan hence forcing Woody to go with “small ball” which was successful but had its flaws revealed once they ran into the traditional line up of the Indiana Pacers.

    They need to get their bodies right & get a reliable PG. Guarantee me a healthy Knick team with at least a solid PG & I’ll show you who’s easily the 3rd or 4th best team in the east.

    • kissyoursorrybooty - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Excuses excuses. Stop whining and accept the fact that the Knicks suck

  11. jolink653 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    This team played a lot better once they finally got everyone healthy and got that chemistry going. Unfortunately, it came together too late to dig themselves out of the hole they were in. If they can stay healthy next season, they should be a playoff team and could possibly win a series with the talent they have. I think it’s a little too early to bury them for next season

  12. spillz121 - Apr 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    This dude kills me!! I have been watching opposing guards blow by our guards all season, and where was Mr. Chandler……no where to be found. Never mind blocks, he rarely even challenged shots. If Melo leaves, which he should, trade this stiff for a lesser players expiring contract and a draft pick and start from scratch.

  13. 00maltliquor - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    I’ll take him in LA.

  14. 00maltliquor - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Always wanted to see him in a Purple and Gold jersey in real life, not just my fantasy draft NBA2K teams. lol

  15. jollyjoker2 - Apr 16, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    geeze, good luck with this P. Jackson. Nothing anywhere of value.

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