Knicks express surprise over Chandler

NEW YORK -- Three days ago, Carmelo Anthony was outlining a 2011-12 gameplan with Chauncey Billups, including talk about the new furniture the starting point guard was picking up for his apartment. Melo never thought his teammate and good friend would get amnestied. Not only that, he never imagined Tyson Chandler would be a Knick.

"Honestly I hadn't even thought about Tyson this whole time, and then I started hearing about it the last couple weeks," Anthony said yesterday at the Knicks' first day of training camp. "And then it just started becoming closer and closer to the deal being done, and then they told us today that it was done."

Mike D'Antoni said the Knicks had several free-agent agendas going into the offseason, but at the time Chandler was a far-off thought. But he and the front office made it a reality.

"You didn't think we were going to do this, did you?" D'Antoni said. "Two months ago, you probably would've said, 'There's no way,' but there is a way."

Now that Ronny Turiaf has been dealt to the Wizards, the Knicks have enough cap space to sign Chandler to a multi-year contract, which would put his first-year salary at more than $12 million.

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