Wilson Chandler to the Knicks: Why It Makes Sense and Why It Doesn't
There have been rumors recently about Wilson Chandler making a triumphant return to the Knicks. Chandler, a very versatile player and Mike D'Antoni favorite, had made it known that he loves New York. It is also the general consensus that he has not enjoyed his time in Denver.
Whether any of this is true or not remains to be seen, but with Chandler donning the blue and orange once again, it could alleviate a few key problems. Hopefully these reports are true, but it doesn't make complete sense that he will be joining the Knicks.
Why It Makes Sense
It is well known that Wilson Chandler was liked by the coaching staff, his teammates and the fans. His versatility brought a lot to this team, whether he was our sixth man or was thrown into the starting line up. He could play anywhere from the two to the four spot, guarding players of all different sizes and styles.
As I mentioned on the first slide, adding Wilson Chandler would alleviate a few key problems: perimeter defense, bench scoring and rebounding.
Wilson Chandler was playing great defense for our team and was a big reason why the Knicks were the No. 1 shot blocking team in the league for a large part of the season. His smart defense coupled with his impressive athleticism make him a great player on that end of the floor.
Another area that he would greatly help in is scoring off the bench. Outside of our Big Three, no one on this Knicks squad can consistently create their own shot. Toney Douglas can on occasion, but when his jump shot isn't falling, he looks completely lost in the offense.
Wilson would bring a consistent scorer who can create his own shot for our team every single night.
The final area that Chandler would help in is rebounding. The Knicks are known around the league for their weak rebounding, but Chandler would help greatly. He is one of the best rebounding small forwards and will only improve since he is still at a young age. He, along with Carmelo Anthony, would produce one of the best rebounding small forward duos in the league.
Chandler's presence would really assist our team in these areas and could aid us in becoming one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference.
Why It Doesn't
The main reason why this doesn't make sense is simple: the Knicks don't have money and the Wilson is a restricted free agent. It seems unlikely that the Nuggets would give him up so easily, and even if they did, the Knicks don't have much room to operate after agreeing to extend Chauncey Billups' contract, adding $14 million more onto our payroll.
The only possible scenario that would work is doing a sign-and-trade, but we don't really have any assets to give up that would entice Denver into doing this after Landry Fields' severe drop off in production. Chandler would have to force Denver's hand here and outright refuse to play for them since we have no young players that would really fit well into their system.
This could ruin any chance of us getting Wilson back, which is very bad considering how desperately we need help with the categories he could help us in, especially bench scoring.
Overall, it seems that Wilson will not be on our team next year. As much as I and many other fans would love to have him back, I don't think that our financial situation will allow for it. We just don't have enough assets or cap room to pull it off.
Hopefully I get proven wrong and when the opening game comes around he's coming off the bench for us once again, but I just don't see it happening. We could really use his versatility on both offense and defense, but it just doesn't seem possible. Ultimately, these rumors don't make much sense.
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