NEW YORK -- There were 11 players at the Knicks' training facility on Thursday, including Amare Stoudemire for the first time, but Chauncey Billups, who was reportedly expected to be there, was a no-show.
Perhaps that's because there's something brewing behind the scenes?
While Stoudemire said he expects the team's starting point guard in New York tonight, Billups' name has just surfaced in a potential amnesty move. It was first reported by CBS Sports' Ken Berger via Twitter, in order for the Knicks to acquire unrestricted free agent Tyson Chandler. Berger tweeted, "If Knicks amnesty Billups and move [Ronny] Turiaf, they could offer Chandler a four-year deal starting at about $14M."
ESPN.com's Marc Stein followed-up Berger's report by confirming the news with a source, who said, "New York is Tyson's first choice. It's 98 percent sure that Tyson is going to wind up with the Knicks."
While addressing reporters after his workout, Stoudemire was asked how he thought Billups is dealing with the rumors.
"I don't think that bothers him," he said. "Chauncey's a veteran player. He understands the game of basketball, and the business of basketball."
If Chandler arrives, the Knicks' defensive and rebounding woes would be immediately addressed. Problem is, the Warriors will reportedly offer the center a multi-year contract worth about $60 million once free agency begins. If the Knicks get into a high bidding war, they may back out if their sights are set on Chris Paul in 2012.
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