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

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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.

Kevin Garnett: Thon Maker “is going to be the MVP of the league one day. Mark it down.”

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Not to get to inside baseball on NBA journalism, but one fundamental truth is player trainers pump up their guys. There usually is some truth in what they say, but it is in their interest to spin the player the best way possible. On and off the record it happens. It’s like asking a political campaign manager about his candidate, you will only get the positive.

Kevin Garnett worked out and helped the Bucks’ Thon Maker this summer.

In just his second season, Thon Maker has been in and out of the starting lineup for the Bucks at center, and he’s struggled this season with a true shooting percentage of 48 getting him 4.5 points a game, and PER of 9.3. (Bucks fans are understandably disappointed, but this is a second-year player, some patience is required).

Garnett had Makers’ back in a Q&A with Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Abrams.

Thon Maker reminds me a lot of myself. He loves the game. He’s a young, exuberant athlete who has a lot of tools—he has touch; he has agility; he has really, good feet. He has a really good shot from three-point all the way up to 19 to 21 feet. He has very good bones, as we say.

Thon is going to be the MVP of the league one day. Mark it down. He has the bones. He has the appetite to be able to chase something like that.”

Garnett may have the wrong young-stud Buck with an MVP in his future.

Maker has gotten KG comparisons for years, he’s a very mobile and athletic but thin big who can shoot from the wing… but the physical similarities are not enough. Maker is no KG. Not yet. Maker showed promise against the Raptors last playoffs but has not taken a step forward off that progress this season, looking far more prone to fouling than defending. The effort is there, but the maturity of game has a long way to go to catch up.

Garnett is right that Maker has the tools, and he is just in his second NBA season so patience is required, but there were concerns around the league before the draft if he had the makeup to put it all together and become a quality NBA player. That question is still out there, let’s get past it before we heap on accolades.

LeBron James all good with Reggie Jackson’s free throw gamesmanship, “I’ve done it before”

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Let’s set the stage: Sunday night, the fast-rising Pistons led the fast-rising Timberwolves by three with  6.2 seconds left when Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer. Butler drained the first two free throws. Before the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit held on to win 100-97. Here’s the play in question.

It was a bit of gamesmanship by Jackson.

LeBron James was asked about the move at Cavaliers shootaround and endorsed it with a smile on his face.

“I’ve done it before. I won a playoff series before doing that actually. So, I’m all for it.”

That series was in 2007, overtime of game 6 of a first-round playoff series against Washington, and the victim was the Hibachi, Gilbert Arenas. The Cavaliers were down 1, Arenas had two free throws, missed the first, then LeBron stepped in. Arenas missed the second, and the Cavs went on to get the win.

Is interrupting free throws about to become an NBA thing? If it works, players will do it.

Warriors pose for photos with Jahlil Okafor’s dad’s ‘FREE JAH’ shirt

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Jahlil Okafor‘s father has not been shy about speaking out on his son’s behalf. NBA players are advocating for the 76ers to grant Okafor, who’s out of the rotation and on an expiring contract, his desired trade or buyout.

When both join forces…

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry appear to really enjoy Chukwudi Okafor’s shirt. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily calling on Philadelphia to do anything. But they hadn’t to know how it’d be perceived.

It’s easy to predict free agents will avoid the 76ers as a result of the Okafor situation, but few anticipate getting stuck similarly. Players overwhelmingly value money, winning, role and location. If Golden State’s stars are applying any external pressure, it shouldn’t really move Philadelphia more than anything that has already been said and done.

A couple of Lonzo Ball’s triple-double assists look dubious (video)

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Lonzo Ball draws outsized attention because his father, LaVar Ball, lures onlookers and because the rookie plays for the high-profile Los Angeles Lakers.

So, when Lonzo gets a triple-double – like his 11-points, 16-rebound, 11-assists game against the Nuggets yesterday – it draws scrutiny.

Mo Dakhil of The Jump Ball:

The NBA defines an assist as a “pass that directly leads to a basket. … An assist can be awarded for a basket scored after the ball has been dribbled if the player’s pass led to the field goal being made.”

I wouldn’t describe either of those passing as leading directly to a basket. Ball’s teammates each hold the ball for a moment after receiving the pass then take two dribbles against set defenses.

But assists are subjective, and the Lakers aren’t alone in offering a home-court scorekeeping advantage.

Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice

So, criticize/laugh at the Lakers. But your favorite team probably manipulates assists in its favor, too.