It would appear, however, that their plans to replace Chandler will not include free agent big Jason Collins, according to Frank Lidz of SI.com.
New York was not the first team to consider Collins since his announcement, Lidz reports:
This summer Collins worked out with the Detroit Pistons in the hope of filling out the end of their bench. But Pistons president Joe Dumars ultimately signed a younger, cheaper big man in Josh Harrellson instead.
Instead of Collins, the Knicks might be looking to sign an intriguing young center prospect in Jeremy Tyler, who looked impressive for New York in summer league before an injury cost him his spot on the roster. Coach Mike Woodson spoke highly of Tyler, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“I think we got to keep an eye on him,’’ Woodson said. “He was a good prospect for us in the summer league. That’s why we were high on him getting to vet camp. Then unfortunately he had the foot problem. I think that we rehab him and keep close tabs on him, just to see how he develops. If he comes along nicely, who knows, he could be wearing a Knick uniform. We just got to wait the course.’’
No matter whom they acquire, the Knicks will surely be looking for a big man to guard the paint and rebound in the absence of Chandler, the former Defensive Player of the Year and New York's defensive anchor.