Friday, May 13, 2011

Wilson Chandler...again??

Finals are over and now I can get my blood pressure back to an elevated level completely induced by the Knicks offseason. The first nugget that came to my attention was that according to the NY Post, the Knicks would be interested in re-acquiring Wilson Chandler, who is a restricted free agent. Chandler was sent to Denver at the trade deadline for the savior of the franchise, Carmelo Anthony. Reading the headline I though to myself, ok, Chandler could provide some depth and is an adequate option at the small forward position.

Oh, but it wouldn't be the Knicks without the ensuing information. The Knicks would look to acquire Chandler via a sign and trade by sending none other than Landry Fields to the Nuggets.
A post today was offered by David Berri showing who the most valuable player on each team was the previous season and what that team would look like if the most productive player was replaced with an average one.

This is a good starting point for this possible trade. Wilson Chandler profiles to be about an average small forward, his natural position. Landry Fields was the Knicks most productive player last season and essentially the swap of players takes the Knicks from 43 win team as constituted now into a 34 win team. Of course on the other side of the coin, Carmelo and Amar'e now have a full offseason to "Co-exist together"

The Knicks of today look like a lock for the next 5-6 years to win about 41 games and get bounced in the first round every year. Along the way firing the coaches for not winning with the alleged superstars in Amar'e and Carmelo. Trading Landry Fields for Wilson Chandler essentially gurantees another lost era in Knicks history. Over the salary cap, in the lottery every year, but with no draft picks. Donnie - Please don't do it!

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