It has been confirmed that center Tyson Chandler has agreed to the terms with the New York Knicks, as he will be teaming up with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.
Chandler confirmed his decision Friday during an ESPN 103.3 radio “Ben and Skin Show”. He emphasized that the Dallas Mavericks helped him win his first ring but there will not be a sign-and-trade deal with the team. Chandler’s deal with the Knicks is expected to be in the range of $58 million for four seasons.
“I just think the future of the team, being able to play alongside Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and the young talent that we have, I feel like puts us in contention over the next four or five years.” Chandler said on the radio show.
Chandler continues to mention that staying in Dallas was always his first decision, but he did also express disappointment that communication was an issue between the sides from the end of the NBA finals in mid-June and the June 30th deadline for a contract extension.
Both Anthony and Amar’e are very excited by Chadler’s addition to the team. “It’ll beef up our frontcourt,” Anthony said. “Tyson brings a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm to the basketball in court, and I think he will do the same thing that he did in Dallas here in New York. We got what everybody wanted- what New York to get, which was a big man. Tyson has established himself as a dominant force on the defensive end.”
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