Chandler could look for trade, but unlikely given his salary.
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler has revealed his frustration with how this season has developed and admits that he is unsure about his future.
While the general focus this summer will be on whether or not Carmelo Anthony re-signs with the franchise as he prepares for free agency, there are question marks surrounding the futures of a number of stars on the current roster.
It is unlikely that the likes of Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani will receive much attention in the market given their current contracts and inconsistent form, but Chandler does represent a solid defensive option for the right team.
The former Defensive Player of the Year has struggled through the season with injuries but despite his $14.6m contract for next season, there are suggestions that he could attract appealing trade deals.
“That’s something I have to visit during the offseason,’’ Chandler said, as reported by the New York Post.
“We’re all going to have a lot of decisions to make.For me, it’s important regardless [to finish out strong],’’ he added. “I got a lot more pride than this, coming in night in, night out losing, and not putting forth the type of effort it takes to win. At this stage of my career and what I’ve established, I refuse to let it put a blemish on it.’’
The concern the Knicks will have regarding a possible Chandler trade deal is that they would have to take contracts in return, which could in turn impact on their cap space for 2015.
While his agent will undoubtedly assess the options before making a decision, it is widely expected that Chandler will be back in New York next season, but with their playoff hopes dwindling this year, it remains to be seen whether or not Anthony is there too.
The Knicks will discuss their plans with the 29-year-old at the end of the season, but unless they are able to dump some of their big contracts to clear space for free agents, they will likely remain the same for another year until deals begin to expire.