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5 Ideal Landing Spots For New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler

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5 Ideal Landing Spots for New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler

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The New York Knicks' recent winning streak has put them back in the playoff hunt. In the Eastern Conference, that means that they could end up with the no. 3 seed within two weeks. They know they don’t have a championship contending team, but they are in a city where it is tough to sell a rebuild to the fans.

With Carmelo Anthony set to be a free agent, New York may want to start building up assets to be able to replace him in case he leaves. They don’t have too many movable players or contracts right now, but one that would attract a lot of suitors is Tyson Chandler.

Chandler is two years removed from being the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He is always near the top of blocked shots and field goal percentage, and is one of the best rebounders in the league. He has missed 23 of the last 32 games with injuries though, which could be a concern for teams trying to acquire him.

Chandler has one year remaining after this one in his four-year, 58 million contract. Next year, he becomes a very valuable piece as a player with an expiring contract. There are very few big men that can block shots and rebound in the league, and most of them are locked up for the long term.

Although Chandler has been in the league for 12 years, he is still just 31-years old. He is younger than Dwyane Wade, who is likely to get a long-term contract at the end of the year, and has fewer injury concerns. He plays a premium position and is one of the best at what he does. Any team that can put together a package for him is in play, but these five teams are the most ideal destinations for him if he is traded.

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5. Brooklyn Nets

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With Brook Lopez out for the season, Tyson Chandler would be the perfect fill-in. He would allow them to rest Kevin Garnett more and give them a huge trade piece in the coming offseason.

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4. Cleveland Cavaliers

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The acquisition of Luol Deng gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a big upgrade on their front court defense. If they could get Tyson Chandler, they would transform into one of the best defensive teams in the league and could sport a lineup of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Deng, Tristan Thompson and Chandler. The Knicks would probably send him to Cleveland for Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett.

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3. Dallas Mavericks

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Shipping Tyson Chandler back to Dallas would give the Mavericks a shot-blocking presence they have been searching for since he left. Samuel Dalembert hasn't really worked out the way they hoped, and they have a young asset to send back to New York. With Jose Calderon getting the bulk of the point guard minutes, a package around Shane Larkin could get Chandler back in Dallas and give the Knicks a young point guard to develop.

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2. San Antonio Spurs

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It would be hard for San Antonio to put together a package for Tyson Chandler without including Kawhi Leonard, which they won't do. However, it would be an ideal fit for Chandler to play next to Tim Duncan and in Greg Popovich's defensive-minded system.

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1. Miami Heat

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If the Miami Heat were to trade for Tyson Chandler, you could just hand them a third title. He would be the perfect fit alongside the "Big 3" and allow Chris Bosh to slide back into his more natural power forward spot. With Chris Andersen on the roster, he would only need to play 28-30 minutes per game, which would keep him fresh and allow him to play more physically. He would be the answer to Joakim Noah, Roy Hibbert and Tim Duncan, and would give the Heat a guy that shoots 60 percent without ever having a play called for him. It will never happen, but it is the ideal fit for Tyson Chandler.