New York Knicks: Wilson Chandler

Martin bought out, but unlikely for Chandler

December, 21, 2011
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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.

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Agent: Wilson Chandler still cherishes NYK

December, 2, 2011
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Starting in August, Will The Thrill has been doing just that -- thrilling millions of fans in China. In his debut for the Zhejiang Guangsha basketball club, former Knick Wilson Chandler scored 43 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in a 118-115 double-overtime win over Tianjin Ronggan. Since then, Chandler's been lighting it up -- and he will have to be until Feb. 15 when the Lions' regular-season run ends.

While Chandler doesn't have an opt-out clause in his Chinese contract, fortunately the mid-February timing will most likely allow him to be picked up by an NBA team before the trade deadline, which his agent, Chris Luchey, predicts to be later in the month due to the season's delayed start. And there's good news for Knicks fans: Chandler would welcome a return to New York, and the team looks to have a $5 million mid-level exception to use. You just can't call it "great" just yet because Denver has him as a restricted free agent.

"The first consideration would go to his current team, the Nuggets," Luchey said. "After that, Wilson will field interest from the Knicks. He had a great time in New York, he has a very strong fan base there, he grew there."

Since a tentative CBA agreement was made on Nov. 26, Luchey has already had several conversations with the Nuggets' front office, who has not only expressed interest in re-signing Chandler, but extending him long-term as well.

"There's a strong interest there obviously, but I have to see what his market value is," Luchey said. "He wants to win. He likes New York, being able to finish what he started. Fit is important, salary, being in a situation he can win, having a strong point guard; there are different variables. But there wouldn’t be much hesitation with New York. I don’t want to discredit Denver -- they want Wilson to be a Nugget for a long time -- but will that happen? We’ll have to see."

Luchey said he thought the CBA (the Chinese Basketball Association, that is) was attractive for Chandler for three main reasons. One, it offered the closest competitive schedule to the NBA, as there are three games per week. Two, China has an incredible fan base (the Hangzhou municipality alone, where Zhejiang Guangsha is based, has a population of more than four million people). And three, it was slated to be a shortened season -- but not because of any lockout; rather, the 2012 Summer Olympics. That gave Chandler the opportunity to fulfill his obligation in China and still be able to join an NBA title contender in 2012.

"On Feb. 16 or 17, Wilson will have completed his Chinese contract and could return to the NBA -- unless he makes the playoffs," Luchey said. "The playoffs are very different here -- only eight teams make it -- and the rounds go by pretty quickly. So a player could come home and still have two full months of the regular season, and the playoffs."

While Luchey explained that the Chinese league doesn't offer any opt-outs -- it has nothing to do with government sanctions -- he's heard of deals there being interrupted, terminated and breached. In fact, just last week Chandler's only other American teammate, Dwayne Jones, was released, and yesterday the contract of former Celtics shooting guard, Gerald Green, was terminated because he "failed to fit into the tactic system of the whole team."

Luchey expects that Chandler will carry out the full term of his Chinese contract appropriately. At that time, he'll gladly discuss Chandler's services with the Knicks, who traded him on Feb. 22 in a mega-deal for Carmelo Anthony. Up until that point, Chandler was putting up career-highs across the board: 16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg, 46.1 FG percent, 35.1 3FG percent and 80.7 FT percent. Luchey admits the move affected Chandler, but insists that his client has put that in the past and it will pose no hard feelings heading into next year's trade deadline.

"Obviously being traded is one of your first experiences, maybe in a negative mindset that leaves you a negative taste, where you see that the league is a business," Luchey said. "It was a rude awakening for Wilson in that regard, but would he field offers from the Knicks? Absolutely."

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With Wilson to China, was 'Melo deal a steal?

August, 31, 2011
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Does this change how you view the Carmelo Anthony trade? Rather than wait out the lockout, Wilson Chandler decided to sign with a team in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Chandler, a restricted free-agent, will not be able to play in the NBA until his CBA team - Zhejiang Guangsha - is eliminated. The CBA will not allow NBA players to sign contracts with opt-out clauses allowing them to leave for the NBA if the lockout ends.

Essentially, the Nuggets got Chandler for half a season, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov from the Knicks for Anthony and Chauncey Biillups.

For more details on Chandler's choice, click here.

Felton fuels Knicks to most success

January, 25, 2011
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After Amare Stoudemire customarily addressed the media first in the postgame locker room, it was Raymond Felton's turn to discuss the Knicks' 115-106 win over the Wizards. Since the Knicks allowed the Wiz to score 62 first-half points -- 15 above their average, which is fifth-worst in the league -- the question on everyone's mind was: How did New York turn things around and prevent an 0-20 road team from getting its first W?

"At halftime, we said we were playing too soft and needed to be stronger," Felton said. "We came out with more energy."

Though the Wizards scored 29 points in the third quarter, the Knicks limited their transition and penetration game, which they didn't do previously, and allowed them only one layup. Then in the fourth quarter, the Knicks cast the final deadly spell on the Wizards, limiting them to only 15 points and 44 second-half points -- 4.6 below their average.

"We made stops defensively," Stoudemire said. "We have to do that to win games because our offense is so good."

It was that same energy on offense that carried the team to victory, led by Felton's playmaking abilities. He kept rookie John Wall second-guessing with his creative pick-and-roll manuevering and was able to beat him into the lane to create plays for himself and his teammates. Whenever Felton does those two things, great things happen for the Knicks. Not only does Stoudemire get closer looks to the basket, more kick-out space becomes available to establish easier ball movement around the perimeter for shooters, who are essesntial to Mike D'Antoni's offense, to get open -- especially Wilson Chandler.

Last night, the Wizards' poor rotation defense gave the Knicks open 3-point looks exactly where they wanted them -- in the corners, where the Knicks shoot over 40 percent, and Chandler knocked down a couple of them.

While the Knicks have won 19 games when Stoudemire scores at least 20 points, they've also lost 15 in games he has hit that mark. Most of the Knicks' success has stemmed from Felton's ability to score and dish, especially when Stoudemire and Chandler both capitalize on opportunities. Take a look:

15-4 record when Felton has a double-double in points and assists:
6-1 – November (loss to the Nuggets)
6-2 – December (losses to the Celtics and Cavaliers)
3-1 – January (loss to the Jazz)

13-4 record when Felton has a double-double and Stoudemire scores at least 20 points:
4-1 – November (loss to the Nuggets)
6-2 – December (losses to the Celtics and Cavaliers)
3-1 – January (loss to the Jazz)

10-2 record when Felton has a double-double, Stoudemire scores at least 20 points and Chandler scores at least 15:
3-1 – November (loss to the Nuggets)
4-1 – December (loss to the Celtics)
3-0 – January

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Amare passes Garnett in All-Star voting

January, 13, 2011
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Towards the end of December, Amare Stoudemire was trailing Kevin Garnett by about 120,000 votes among East forwards in the All-Star voting. Then last week, he closed within 24,000 votes. Now, for the first time, STAT has built a nice cushion ahead of KG by 93,847 votes and he's second to LeBron James. Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari are in the top 10 in their respective positions. Here's how the voting stands as of today:

Eastern Conference
  • Guards: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,499,768; Derrick Rose (Chi) 1,225,575; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 1,171,311; Ray Allen (Bos) 630,588; John Wall (Was) 260,893; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 254,614; Raymond Felton (NYK) 246,208; Gilbert Arenas (Orl) 240,586; Jamal Crawford (Atl) 163,971; Darren Collison (Ind) 156,230
  • Forwards: LeBron James (Mia) 1,518,807; Amare Stoudemire (NYK) 1,143,391; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 1,049,544; Paul Pierce (Bos) 578,473; Chris Bosh (Mia) 427,551; Carlos Boozer (Chi) 320,661; Josh Smith (Atl) 280,158; Danilo Gallinari (NYK) 259,619; Danny Granger (Ind) 201,653; Luol Deng (Chi) 191,312
  • Centers: Dwight Howard (Orl) 1,537,619; Shaquille O'Neal (Bos) 639,661; Joakim Noah (Chi) 291,107; Andrew Bogut (Mil) 245,253; Al Horford (Atl) 193,449; Roy Hibbert (Ind) 183,092; Andrea Bargnani (Tor) 162,364; Brook Lopez (NJ) 125,022; JaVale McGee (Was) 106,710; Ben Wallace (Det) 79,017
Western Conference
  • Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 1,757,216; Chris Paul (NOH) 949,049; Manu Ginobili (SA) 593,718; Steve Nash (Pho) 522,215; Deron Williams (Utah) 487,887; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 463,250; Tony Parker (SA) 355,993; Jason Kidd (Dal) 303,164; Vince Carter (Pho) 277,430; Kevin Martin (Hou) 266,037
  • Forwards: Kevin Durant (OKC) 1,270,729; Carmelo Anthony (Den) 945,720; Pau Gasol (LAL) 851,456; Blake Griffin (LAC) 702,784; Tim Duncan (SA) 663,487; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 615,243; Lamar Odom (LAL) 364,950; Luis Scola (Hou) 347,986; Kevin Love (Min) 301,529; Caron Butler (Dal) 205,146
  • Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 928,928; Andrew Bynum (LAL) 660,576; Nene (Den) 389,263; Marc Gasol 352,136; Emeka Okafor (NOH) 317,677; Brendan Haywood (Dal) 276,777; Marcus Camby (Por) 201,133; Chris Kaman (LAC) 165,684; Andris Biedrins (GS) 126,567; DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 110,230

Here are some updated numbers on Stoudemire and Felton, compiled by Knicks PR:
  • Stoudemire: He ranks second in the league in scoring, leading all East players, with 26.1 points per game, leads in fourth-quarter scoring (7.2 ppg), ranks fourth in blocks (2.3), fourth in 20 point-10 rebound games (16), eighth in FTA (8.2), tied for 12th in double-doubles (17), 14th in rebounds (8.9) and 26th in FG% (50.9). He set a franchise record with nine consecutive 30-point games from November 28 to December 15, 2010, and he's currently riding a 23-game streak of 20-point games, which is fourth-best in franchise history (the record is 29 games held by Richie Guerin from January 30 to March 14, 1962). Most importantly, he has led the Knicks to a 22-16 record, which is their best start since 2000-01. Last season, they didn’t win their 22nd game until March 8.
  • Felton: His league ranks: fifth in assists (8.9), sixth in steals (1.9), seventh in minutes (38.9), ninth in three-pointers made (69), tied for ninth in double-doubles (18), 15th in free throw percentage (87.4) and fourth among point guards in points per game (a career-high 18.3). His 11 20 point-10 assist games are second most in the league, behind Deron Williams' 14. On the Knicks' just-completed West Coast road trip, he recorded his first career triple-double in Phoenix and tied a franchise record with 14 assists and no turnovers in Portland.
  • Together, Stoudemire and Felton are the fourth-highest scoring duo in the league at 44.4 points per game, trailing Miami's James and Wade (50.5), Oklahoma City's Durant and Westbrook (50.2) and the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon and Griffin (45.4). Add in Wilson Chandler and the Knicks have the third-highest scoring "Big Three" in the league (62.1 ppg), behind Miami (with Bosh, 69.1) and Oklahoma City (with Jeff Green, 65.7)

While paper balloting will end on January. 17, voting on NBA.com and wireless balloting will go through January 23. Fans can vote by visiting m.nba.com on their wireless carrier or by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA"). They can also visit NYKnicks.com and KnicksNow.com to cast their vote, including a write-in nomination for Chandler, who deserves to be recognized. Since Thanksgiving, Will The Thrill's been averaging 19 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.6% from the field.

The Knicks have launched a second All-Star mash-up video, produced by DJ Steve Porter, called "#1 Reason to Vote Knicks." It features Knicks fans and courtside celebrities, including Donald Trump, Fabolous, Jerry Ferrara, Tracy Morgan and Whoopi Goldberg, encouraging everyone to vote for their hometown favorites.

The All-Star starters will be announced on January 27.

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Knicks in the mix for Rudy Fernandez

August, 20, 2010
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MADRID, Spain -- I mentioned this in my report yesterday on the feud/pending divorce between Rudy Fernandez and the Portland Trail Blazers, but it belongs in the lead paragraph for this site: The Knicks are among the teams trying to acquire the Spanish shooting guard, and they have offered Wilson Chandler.

Other offers on the table include the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls each offering a No. 1 draft pick in 2011, a league source told ESPN.com.

But after the Blazers turned down several offers of first-round picks in the teens on draft night when the team was still being run by former general manager Kevin Pritchard, they are looking to see if they can get a similar offer from a team they believe will finish in the middle of the pack next season.

Chandler has had an eventful offseason, but his brush with the law is not something that is scaring the Blazers from taking him in a trade. New Portland general manager Rich Cho is simply trying to scour the league for the best offer he can find, and something more appealing than Chandler or a pick that'll probably fall in the mid-20s could become available between now and the start of training camp.

Since the Knicks did not have a first-round pick in 2010, they are prohibited under league rules from offering their 2011 pick (because teams are not allowed to go consecutive years without having a No. 1 pick, something known as the Ted Stepian rule).

The Houston Rockets own the rights to the Knicks' 2012 pick from last February's Jared Jeffries trade, and they also have the right to swap first-round picks with New York next June. That means if Knicks president Donnie Walsh wants to offer Portland a No. 1 pick, it would have to be a pick in 2014 or later.

One possibility for the Knicks would be to trade Chandler to a third team for a No. 1 pick in 2012, and then ship that pick to Portland for Fernandez.

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