The Knicks finalized a three-team, sign-and-trade, trade to land center, Tyson Chandler. The 7’1″ center joins the Knicks after helping lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship. Chandler is an extremely athletic, above average defender inside the paint. To get Chandler, the Knicks will shell out $58 million over the next four seasons. The Knicks sent Ronny Turiaf to the Wizards and Andy Rautins to make the deal work. Dallas received a large trade exemption, but that’s really relevant.

To fit Chandler within the salary cap, the Knicks ‘amnestied’ Chauncey Billups and his $14.2 million 2011-12 salary, meaning that salary will not count against their cap this season. Chauncey isn’t too happy about this, either. 

Chandler isn’t a good offensive player (10.1 PPG), but his defensive prowess provides an immediate, desperate upgrade that the Knicks needed. If you watched the NBA Finals last year, you know Chandler was in LeBron’s head. 

Overall, Chandler is a great addition to a Knick team that desperately needed some sort of defensive presence. The move allows Amare to stay in his natural, power forward position.

Chandler is a rugged, intense winner. Welcome to NY, Tyson.