Keith SchlosserLast season, Tyson Chandler struggled with injuries and failed to make as much of an impact on the defensive end, essentially making his offensive woes all the more prevalent. He often became a liability as the Knicks struggled to find a secondary scorer for Carmelo Anthony to turn to.
Still, Phil Jackson asserted that Chandler’s lack of offensive ability did not play a role in deciding to trade him back to the Mavericks. What’s more, if Jackson were looking for a big man to fill a void in the triangle offense, perhaps Chandler still could have been that guy.
“Tyson played for Bill Cartwright early on in his career — in the triangle offense that Bill ran in Chicago,” Jackson said. “So there’s some familiarity there with Tyson. He was a young kid; he was 18 or 19 years of age out of high school. There were things that I thought he could’ve come back to revisit fourteen years or so later.”
“That wasn’t what ruled him out in this situation,” Jackson continued. “Tyson is in the last year of his contract and we knew that. We didn’t want to sit and watch another player go off — another quality player like that, and not get anything in return. [The triangle offense] wasn’t an issue.”