Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Martin bought out, but unlikely for Chandler
By Jared Zwerling
My colleague Ian Begley wrote earlier today that the Knicks may elect to hold on to their $2.5 million exception and use it on an NBA player in China. One such player could be Kenyon Martin, who has reportedly reached out a buyout agreement with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. (He still has to be approved to leave by the Chinese Basketball Association.)
The three others currently playing in the CBA are J.R. Smith, Aaron Brooks and ... Wilson Chandler, who is best suited for the Knicks right now. The team doesn't have a go-to swingman scorer and defender off the bench.
But don't get your hopes up too much, Knicks fans. Not only did Chandler's agent, Chris Luchey, say today that his client will likely not take a buyout, but with his "current situation being a restricted free agent, it would be difficult to come to terms in my opinion [with the Knicks]." On the other hand, Martin is unrestricted.
As always, Luchey said Chandler would welcome the opportunity to return to New York.