2:52 Update: @ESPNSteinLine reports Chandler to Knicks has a 98% probability, also Warriors admit Knicks have them beat.
Original: This afternoon, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported today that the Knicks are now the front runners for FA Tyson Chandler. Chandler is reportedly seeking between $12-$15 million. He is the best FA on the market, and the Knicks seriously need a Center, but his signing would eliminate the Knicks cap space in 2012. Signing Chandler would also eliminate the need for Dwight Howard, and leave the Knicks with only one option to obtain Chris Paul: trading Carmelo Anthony or A’mare Stoudemire.
Apparently Chris Paul liked his time playing with Chandler, and would like to reunite with him once again. That just adds to the sentiment that Paul already exhibits towards New York. Paul has spent a lot of time with Carmelo Anthony, and the two seem to be close friends. Popular opinion is that the Knicks would try to deal Stoudemire to New Orleans, even after it was Stoudemire who first signed up to the revived Knicks and declared they were “back.”
Although it may be disloyal, if New Orleans would be willing to deal Paul for Stoudemire (which they might be because Paul could just walk in free agency) then the Knicks have to pull the trigger. Knicks fans would be forever grateful to Stoudemire. He took the challenge that LeBron James backed away from. But at the end of the day, this is a business, and the Knicks and Knicks fans are tired of waiting. If they can become a championship contender by acquiring Chandler and Paul, they need to do it.