It goes without saying that the New York Knicks need to get younger and more athletic for new head coach Derek Fisher.
Knicks team president Phil Jackson has made it clear he wants to do that and wants to acquire picks in July’s 2014 NBA Draft, where the Knicks currently have no picks.
With that being said, offering up All-Star center Tyson Chandler in a deal may be the easiest way for the Zen Master to accomplish that and that looks to be exactly what he is prepared to do.
The Knicks are over the cap so won’t improve the team much via free agency this summer, but will look to make some trades in addition to trying to re-sign Carmelo Anthony.
The bad part for Jackson and his staff is that the Knicks currently don’t have many valuable trade chips to work with, although Chandler certainly is one of them as he is entering the final year of his contract and a rim protector like Chandler would mean more to a contender than he would to a team like the Knicks.
That being said, Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes the Knicks will be moving Chandler this offseason.
No, you cannot throw money at Deng/Hayward. They don’t have the cap space. I do think they are a bit more flexible than some are thinking, because I think they end up moving Chandler this summer. Teams looking for a rim-protector with an expiring contract. While I wouldn’t have touched Amar’e with a ten-foot pole a couple years ago, he’s also an expiring contract as well. If they were willing to take a longer contract back in return, I could see teams willing to take one of those contracts of their hands. When healthy, each can still contribute and would serve as instant cap relief following the year.
Chandler is coming off a down year in which he was limited to 55 games last season and averaged only 8.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 assists per game.
However he could still play a major part on a contending team and could be the Knicks top trade chip at the moment.
However while it makes all the sense in the world for Jackson to move Chandler, he won’t be giving him away so it will be real interesting to see what the trade market is for the former All-Star and NBA Champion this summer.