Report: Turiaf dealt to Washington


The final hurdle in the Tyson Chandler signing may have been cleared.

According to a report in the New York Post, the Knicks "are in the final stages" of an agreement to trade center/forward Ronny Turiaf to the Washington Wizards.

Dumping Turiaf's $4.8 million salary would help clear cap space for Chandler.

The Knicks are also expected to let Chauncey Billups go under the new amnesty clause to make room for Chandler. That would clear $14.2 million in cap space. By moving both Turiaf and Billups, it is believed the Knicks will have the requisite cap space to sign Chandler.

According to the New York Times, Chandler's deal is expected to be in the range of $58 million for four years.

Prior to the Chandler acquisition, Turiaf and Jared Jeffries were the only centers on the Knicks roster (unless you count Amare Stoudemire, who is a natural '4').

Now, Jeffries is expected to back up Chandler. It is unclear if the Knicks will pursue a veteran reserve big man to replace Turiaf.

LATER, LANDLORD: Free agent Shelden Williams has reportedly signed with the Nets. Williams came over to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony trade and had a limited impact in limited minutes. Yahoo! Sports reported the deal .... According to the Associated Press, the Knicks withdrew their qualifying offer to restricted free agent Derrick Brown, who then signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.

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