While rumors continue to swirl about point guard Chris Paul’s potential trade destinations, the New York Knicks may have shifted their focus from the backcourt to the interior.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, the team is closing in on a deal with free-agent center Tyson Chandler.

One of the most coveted players in this year’s free agent class, Chandler is fresh off an NBA championship run with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 29-year-old, 7-footer averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and just over one block per game last season. According to the report, the Knicks would likely need to include point guard Chauncey Billups in a sign-and-trade to complete the deal or use the amnesty clause to release him.

ESPN’s Marc Stein quoted a source on Thursday who said, “It’s 98 percent sure that Tyson is going to wind up with the Knicks.”

Citing multiple sources, CSN Bay Area reporter Matt Steinmetz had reported that the Golden State Warriors had also made a contract offer to the veteran center, worth more than $60 million over four years.

Apparently Billups is not too high on the whole amnesty idea...

Just spoke to Andy Miller, agent for Chauncey Billups, who describes his client as “irate” over possibility of Knicks using amnesty on him.Thu Dec 08 20:14:31 via webAdrian Wojnarowski

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