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.