Thursday, January 6, 2011
Donnie Walsh: "I'm going to sign [Chandler]"
By Jared Zwerling
A day after Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 31 points, Knicks president Donnie Walsh made it clear what he wants to do. "Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh said. "He's a helluva player ... Wilson has played at the top of the league in some games this year and [Tuesday] night was a good example, the way he played against a top team and they couldn't deal with him. He was shooting well from the outside, his uncanny ability to change direction in the air. He's gotten stronger and become a better defender. His game has jumped a lot."
According to the New York Post, Walsh said he could not come to terms with Chandler in October because he was unsure of the pay scale or salary cap for a new collective bargaining agreement. Turns out, if the CBA has the same rule that teams can exceed the salary cap when re-signing their own player, the Knicks could land Chandler and Carmelo Anthony, who's been on their radar since Day 1.
A league source said Chandler might seek a five-year deal worth $60 million.