With the Tyson Chandler trade becoming official, the New York Knicks have added a major defensive piece in their quest for a championship. The 7-1 veteran will help man the paint and help the Knicks get past the first round in the playoffs.
The move unfortunately came at the expense of Chauncey Billups, Andy Rautins, Ronny Turiaf and a couple of second rounders. Billups will have to be replaced, as the team now has a glaring need for another point guard or leader.
Unless a major miracle happens, and Billups passes through the waiver wire where no team claims him, and he eventually returns to the team as a free agent. With that in mind, let's look into how the Knicks can fill their roster and add to the team's needs.
Here is a layout of the most-likely expenses the Knicks currently have or will have after signing their draft picks in Shumpert, Harrelson and possibly Jordan.
Amare Stoudamire ($18,217,705), Carmelo Anthony ($18,518,574), Tyson Chandler ($14,200,000), Toney Douglas ($1,145,640), Landry Fields ($788,872), Mike Bibby ($1,400,000), Jared Jeffires ($1,4000,000), Renaldo Balkman ($1,675,000), Bill Walker ($916,100), Iman Shumpert ($1,343,000), Josh Harrellson ($500,000) and Jerome Jordan($500,000).
With the team as close to the salary cap max as it can be, it will be quite a challenge to get the right personnel in a Knick uniform. With free agency and players being amnestied, the Knicks will have some intriguing prospects to look at. Let's explore...