Knicks: Tyson Chandler is staying put

Tyson Chandler isn't going anywhere.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported Saturday that teams are calling the Knicks about their center, and the Knicks are rebuffing the advances. Stein wrote:

"The Knicks continue to get calls for center Tyson Chandler and, according to sources close to the situation, continue to scoff at every one. New York, to this point, has no interest in parting with its defensive anchor. (Which is smart if the Knicks are set on re-signing Carmelo Anthony to that megadeal this summer.)"

Chandler has missed the past three games with an upper respiratory illness, but it's easy to see why other teams would want to call about his availability. He is an elite defender with a championship pedigree and could be a perfect addition for a squad looking to beef up for the playoffs. Chandler has had a rough season as he missed 20 games with a broken leg and is averaging 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

For the Knicks, it's just as easy to see why they wouldn't move Chandler. First, as Stein noted, if the Knicks want to keep Anthony long term, they need to surround him with as much talent as possible. Chandler is the team's best defender, and the Knicks are not filled with defensive wizards.

The Knicks also have reason to think they can win the Atlantic Division despite their terrible start. They are only 4½ games behind Toronto -- not exactly a powerhouse -- in the division and just a half-game behind Brooklyn for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Unless the Knicks got some real good, young players who are solid defensively, it's hard to see how trading Chandler would help them this season.

Next season, however, could be a different story, as Chandler has an expiring contract.

Question: Are the Knicks wise to tell teams Chandler is not going anywhere? Please let us know in the comments section below.