Knicks Close to Signing Tyson Chandler

The New York Knicks are reportedly nearing a deal that would bring to the Big Apple one of the key players of the 2011 NBA Champions Dallas Mavericks.

According to reports, the Knicks are close to agreeing with Tyson Chandler, who helped the Mavericks win their first-ever NBA Championship last season. New York is reportedly willing to pay Chandler $58 million over four years. The Knicks are desperate for a center that could complete the team that they hope would bring a title to New York. If the deal pushes through, Chandler will form a triumvirate with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

Standing in the way of the deal is the need for the Knicks to unload the contracts of veterans Chauncy Billups and Ronny Turiaf. According to the New York Times, the Knicks might use the NBA’s amnesty clause to get rid of Billups’ $14.2 million salary left in his contract. Under the amnesty program, Billups would be put on waivers and paid the full salary although the amount will be removed from the payroll, giving the Knicks extra room to maneuver.