The Oklahoma City Thunder haven’t even gotten through this season, and there are already a few people depicting their offseason.
And even if they manage to lift the NBA Championship trophy after the season concludes, they’re still going to have one huge issue to fill this offseason. It’s been an issue for quite some time, frankly. The Thunder just don’t have a center that manages to impact the way you’d figure a prototypical center to impact the game.
They have a Kendick Perkins, who just shows up to the game.
Nevertheless, it’s a position that needs to be addressed. And according to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News, that player could, or should be, none other than the New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler.
Hey, if you’re over 6-10 and have a pulse, the Mavericks probably have some level of interest in you. I’d rate Chandler returning as a long shot, but sometimes long shots come in. Not sure if he’d be the same Tyson that helped win a title in 2011. But he’s still not a fossil yet. And that contract — down to one year and $14.5 million — is a lot more palatable now. Of course, every other team knows that, too. If the Knicks are intent on remaking the roster, then somebody’s goingto be pumped up to try to lure Chandler away. He’d be a perfect fit for somebody like, say, Oklahoma City, which traded for him years ago but rescinded the deal when Chandler’s toe problems emerged. If there’s no hard feelings, he’d be a monster with that team.
Chandler averaged 8.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season, but is even more of a force as the Knicks’ defensive anchor.