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Knicks, Mavericks talking Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon trade

Tyson ChandlerThe Dallas Mavericks are in talks to reacquire center Tyson Chandler from the New York Knicks as part of what might be a 6-player trade.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports news of the trade talks, which would see the Knicks send Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Mavericks. The Knicks would receive Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and a second-round pick, according to reports.

Chandler was one of the key players on the Mavs’ championship team in 2011. Though owner Mark Cuban wanted to retain him, the team decided to let him go because of tight financial restrictions. Chandler then signed a 4-year, $60 million deal with the Knicks and has one season remaining on the deal.

Felton had a terrible season with the Knicks and has one year and a player option remaining on his contract. In order to shed the Chandler and Felton contracts, the Knicks would be taking back Calderon, who is set to make over $7 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17 after signing a four-year extension with the Mavs last year.

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

Tyson-Chandler-KnicksTyson Chandler is under contract with the New York Knicks through next season. At age 31, he has reached the point where the end of his NBA career is not that far away. If Phil Jackson’s plan with the Knicks is to free up cap space for the summer of 2015, that means Chandler is not part of the plan. He has no interest in waiting anyway.

“I definitely don’t want to waste another season,” Chandler told Marc Berman of the NY Post on Tuesday. “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.’’

Chandler was asked specifically how he would feel if Jackson’s plan has more to do with the future than the present.

“I’ll cross that bridge when it gets to that point,” he said. “I hope it’s not that situation. That decision isn’t going to be in my hands.”

All indications are that Jackson is looking to put his triangle offense into place in New York. Chandler gained experience playing in that type of system early on in his career with the Chicago Bulls. That said, he could also be dangled as a veteran trade piece who has one year and roughly $14 million remaining on his contract.

“I played (in the triangle offense) my first couple of years, but it was like a square because Phil wasn’t there,” Chandler said. “We ran it with Tim Floyd, then Bill Cartwright. It didn’t work out well, but we didn’t have the talent Phil had in Chicago.”

Of course, a lot of this will depend on Carmelo Anthony. Assuming Anthony opts out of his current deal, we need to wait and see if he will re-sign with the Knicks or head elsewhere. We also need to see if he is even part of Jackson’s future, or if Phil is going to look for a total overhaul over the next two years. If the latter is true, Chandler may have played his last game in New York.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Tyson Chandler: Knicks will be dangerous if we make playoffs

Tyson-Chandler-KnicksIf the NBA playoffs started today, the New York Knicks would be in. That’s right, the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and company have won 12 of their last 15 games, a streak that has allowed them to climb into the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. And if the Knicks hold on and qualify for the postseason, Tyson Chandler thinks the rest of the league should be scared.

“I always thought we’d really give our ourselves a shot of making the playoffs,’’ Chandler said Monday after a win over the Utah Jazz, via Marc Berman of the NY Post. “I still believe if we get in there, somebody’s going to be in trouble.’’

New York still has six games remaining. The Atlanta Hawks, who are close behind them in the standings, have eight. The Knicks will need to continue playing well down the stretch to somehow continue their season in late April, but they seem as focused as they have all year.

“We can’t have any excuses at this point,” Chandler said. “Obviously it is going to be tough. But we have to leave it all on the basketball court.”

While I’m surprised to even be sitting here writing that the Knicks are in position to make the playoffs, I still don’t think they would advance past the first round. Sneaking into the postseason would mean making a date with either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have some serious dysfunction going on right now, but I still think they’d beat the Knicks in a seven-game series. The fact that we’re even talking about it — given how the New York’s season has gone — is what amazes me.

H/T Black Sports Online

Tyson Chandler trash talks Kevin Love’s defense (Video)

Tyson ChandlerTyson Chandler sent a little trash talk Kevin Love’s way during a halftime interview Wednesday for the New York Knicks’ game at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At first Chandler praised Love’s offensive game by saying the T-Wolves’ big man can stretch the floor, but when asked about how the Knicks could exploit Love’s defense, Chandler threw out the zinger.

“He can’t play D!” Chandler said of Love with a smile.

Though Chandler was sort of messing around, he’s not wrong. Though Love is a versatile offensive player, he struggles defensively and is among the worst defenders around the basket for a big man.

Then again, pretty much every team in the league could say the same thing about the Knicks — they have a few guys who can’t play defense either!

Credit to Chandler on this one — his Knicks prevailed in the game 118-106.

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The Knicks’ season summed up in one great Tyson Chandler blooper (Video)

If there’s one play that could properly sum up the New York Knicks’ terrible season, this would be it.

Tyson Chandler went to throw down a reverse alley-oop at the end of the first overtime in the Knicks’ game at Orlando, but he ended up literally goaltending his own dunk with his head. Yes, he dunked the ball and it went off his head and out of the basket and didn’t count. That kept the game tied at 113, and the Magic went on to win 129-121.

Tyson Chandler alley-oop

Video via @netw3rk

Mike Woodson reportedly confronted Tyson Chandler about making critical comments

tyson-chandlerNew York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson could be losing control of his team, and he may wind up losing his job as a result. The Knicks have lost four straight since somehow stringing together five wins in a row earlier this month. If a report from the NY Daily News about Tyson Chandler is true, JR Smith is not the only player Woodson is having problems with.

Sometime over the last week or so, Woodson reportedly confronted Chandler about comments the 31-year-old made that could be seen as negative toward the head coach. Frank Isola of the NY Daily News speculated that the conversation may have taken place after a loss to the Indiana Pacers last week, when Chandler said the Knicks “didn’t make adjustments.” Woodson had previously said that New York was simply outworked.

After the Brooklyn Nets beat the Knicks 103-80 at Madison Square Garden on Monday, Chandler told reporters that Brooklyn “out-schemed” the Knicks. He also said he did not agree with Woodson’s strategy of constantly switching on defense.

“I don’t want to switch,” Chandler said. “I personally don’t like it. You come with a defensive plan and then every guy kind of mans up and takes his responsibility. I think switching should always be your last resort. That’s me, personally.”

Chandler said on Tuesday that his comments were not directed toward Woodson. If Woodson had his little chat with Chandler prior to Monday, it obviously didn’t work. If something Chandler said did in fact bother him, Woodson isn’t admitting it publicly.

“If they want to lash out at me that’s fine,” he said Tuesday. “I’m not a coach that takes things personally. Players get upset. Coaches get upset… Sometimes it’s healthy when players get upset like that.”

Here’s how it’s gone lately for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony sits on the bench shaking his head, JR Smith gets benched every now and then and claims he has no idea why, and backup point guard Beno Udrih wants to be traded because he’s not getting enough minutes. If New York can’t find a way to start winning on a consistent basis, Woodson will likely be out by season’s end.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Tyson Chandler says Jay Williams’ claim about Bulls smoking weed is false

Former Chicago Bulls guard Jay Williams, who played only one season in the NBA after a terrible motorcycle accident nearly cost him his life, recently made waves when he told the New York Times that some of his Bulls teammates use to smoke weed before games.

“I didn’t know how to handle it at first,” Williams said. “I didn’t know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high. There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?’”

New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler, who played with Williams in Chicago during the 2002-2003 season, refuted the claim on Monday.

“Nah, I don’t know why he would say something like that,” Chandler told the NY Daily News. “I think that’s ridiculous that he would come out and say something like that,” Chandler went on. “I don’t remember that, to be honest with you. And, it’s just unfortunate that he would make that kind of statement about our team.”

Williams made the comments while speaking about what it was like to adjust to life in the NBA as a rookie. While we have no way of knowing if he was being truthful, we do know that he is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. Oftentimes former players who have nothing going for them will make ridiculous claims just to get some attention, but Williams has more going for him than the average NBA player whose career was not very long.

Whether the Bulls were or were not smoking weed before games 10 years ago really doesn’t matter at this point. As this former pitcher and this former offensive lineman would tell you, they wouldn’t be the first professional athletes to play high. It’s not as if the team can be punished for it in any way, so it’s nothing more than an entertaining narrative.