It is believed that Walsh and Mike D'Antoni feel the team would be giving up too much. Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct involvement in the negotiations and may ultimately overrule his basketball staffAnd you'd have to assume that the "starter" is Landry Fields. This deal doesn't solve the team's need up front and Billups isn't a Mike D'Antoni-type point guard, so I can see the hesitation. It is a ton. Plus, Donnie Walsh, since he's been here, waits until the deadline before dealing. Of course, he did pull the trigger on several deals in November of 2008, but any time the deadline rolls around Walsh traditionally stays patient. That is to say I don't buy an owner override if this exact deal happens 9 days from now. Walsh won't deal with a game left before the break and one has to assume, based on history, that a deal won't happen during it either. But it's good to know that it appears both parties are working on banging out a deal.
Last I heard, the teams were getting very close.
For me, if the Nuggets took back two starters and you substituted Chandler for Gallinari that deal has to be made.
I can understand Denver's hesitation on including Chandler and instead preferring Gallinari, who, the Knicks desperately want to keep. Gallo is just 22, on a good contract and of course was the first 1st round draft pick of the Walsh era in New York.
Chandler is on a different contract, but it appears the rumors that he'll be asking for 5 years/60 million have quieted although he has hired Amar'e Stoudemire's agent Hap Walters, a shrewd mid-season move that may just keep him in New York.