"According to a person familiar with the Knicks' thinking, the club will explore trading Wilson Chandler, possibly packaging him with the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. The Knicks would love to trade for a premier outside-shooting big man.
Chandler, who has had ankle surgery two straight offseasons, has a contract the Knicks likely will move to be enough under the 2011 salary cap for a maximum contract. The addition of versatile forward Anthony Randolph and swingman Kelenna Azubuike makes Chandler more expendable for a roster lacking size. The Knicks don't believe Chandler can handle shooting-guard duties.
The Knicks have had internal discussions about shooting guard Rasual Butler, but they didn't have enough room. They were looking at centers Theo Ratliff and Tony Battie in case the deal with the Russian didn't work."
This should not necessarily be news to many people. Eddy Curry will not be traded on his own and Wilson Chandler has become a little bit more expendable with the team's recent draft choices and acquisitions from Golden State.
That said, do not read this as the Knicks TRYING to deal away Chandler. Chandler is a solid young player with a ton of room to improve. The Knicks will not give him away for mediocrity with a long term contract. That just will not happen.
I would imagine that if Walsh in fact deals away Curry and Chandler for anyone not named Chris Paul (not going to happen with Felton coming to town) or Carmelo Anthony, it would be for a player with one year left on his pact. I have to believe that until Carmelo signs his three year extension, the Knicks would like to stay in contention to sign him outright next summer and not have to worry about sign and trades.
Players with expiring contracts that are of interest to me include: Tayshaun Prince, Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy. Of those players, Murphy is the most attractive as I think he would be an excellent complement to Amare. He is 6'11, an elite rebounder (in the David Lee class), and can shoot out at the 3 point line (surprisingly well too). He would be our starting center and would give us a starting five that would include Felton, Murphy, Amare, Gallo and probably Bill Walker. However, I doubt that Indiana would deal Murphy for a package of Wilson Chandler and Curry. Prince would also be a nice addition as he would bring versatility, defense, veteran savvy, and most importantly, a championship pedigree to this roster.
I have not heard rumors connected to any of those players. They are just names that popped into my head. If the Knicks do not acquire a sweet shooting big to play center next to Amare, I would not be shocked if Anthony Randolph is given the bulk to the minutes at center. With his abilities and potential, Mike D'Antoni might simply let him learn on the job and let him play. Eddy Curry is a possibility if he comes to camp in shape, but the Knicks owe him nothing. His damage to this team and their pursuit of elite free agents has already been done. If he wants to play, he will have to earn it, something he has not done in years for this team. Jerome Jordan is a rookie and it remains to be seen if he can adapt to the pros. The same goes for Timofey Mosgov if he in fact signs here.