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    Knicks evaluating Wilson Chandler's progress, still working on deal for Portland's Rudy Fernandez

    BY Frank Isola
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
    Wednesday, October 6th 2010, 4:00 AM



    PARIS - Despite the overcast morning, the Knicks players and coaching staff stood in front of the Eiffel Tower Tuesday for a memorable team picture. Amar'e Stoudemire said he will give the photo to his son, while Raymond Felton said it is a keepsake for his family to cherish for generations.

    "These guys have seen stuff that they may never do in their own life," Mike D'Antoni said. "It's got to be enriching to a certain degree."

    The Knicks conclude their European trip with a game against Minnesota tonight and then depart for New York Thursday. The journey through Milan and Paris has been a good bonding experience for the Knicks, who added 10 new faces during the offseason.

    Tuesday, players poked fun at one another as they stood in the mud to pose for a photo that could be outdated before the end of the month. With Carmelo Anthony's future in Denver unresolved, the Knicks remain in the hunt for one of the NBA's elite players.

    Donnie Walsh is confident he can acquire a first-round pick to include in a deal for Anthony but the Knicks president still might not have enough assets to convince Denver to trade its franchise player. The Nuggets remain hopeful that they can convince Anthony to sign an extension.

    Meanwhile, Walsh would have a chance to pry Rudy Fernandez away from Portland with a first-round pick. The questions the Knicks had concerning Wilson Chandler's recovery from offseason surgery are one reason why the club has explored the possibility of acquiring Fernandez, the disgruntled shooting guard who is in camp with the Trail Blazers after threatening to return to Spain.

    How well Chandler progresses during the preseason will determine whether the Knicks revisit talks with the Blazers. According to a team source, Walsh tested the waters last month by offering Portland two future second-round picks in addition to one of the two players the Knicks picked in the second round in June - Andy Rautins or Landry Fields.

    The Blazers rejected the deal and have summarily turned down trade offers from Boston and Chicago as well. Chandler, entering his fourth season, is one of the Knicks' more versatile players but is better suited to play small forward. Fernandez is a natural shooting guard with better range who could flourish in D'Antoni's system.

    Plus, Fernandez is still on his rookie contract, and adding him would not affect the Knicks' salary-cap situation. Chandler, however, is in his contract year.

    In Milan, D'Antoni felt that Chandler was slightly behind his teammates in terms of conditioning. That's understandable considering that Chandler had surgery on his ankle and groin over the summer and began running at full speed only three weeks ago.

    But Chandler looked strong in the preseason opener against Armani Jeans Milano, scoring 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting in 22 minutes. Chandler remains one of the Knicks' most unassuming players off the court and more valuable players on it. Walsh admires Chandler for his toughness and his ability to defend several positions.

    Chandler's name comes up regularly in trade discussions, and Portland is divided on whether it would accept him in a deal for Fernandez. The Blazers would be more willing to swap Fernandez for a first-round pick and a player, possibly reserve guard Bill Walker.



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    Is this wise? He said he just wants to go back to Europe. Maybe he's just trying to lower his trade value to get Portland to finally move him. Or maybe he would change his mind if he became the starting SG with the Knicks and D'Antoni's system.

    I don't know. We could definitely use his shooting. He shot 5-6 from 3pt yesterday. Mason has looked like he's still in his funk from last year.

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    We may use a Spurs 1st to get Rudy. Or, like u say, his value may have been sufficiently lowered where we can offer some 2nds and maybe Walker. Hopefully that.

    Felton
    Rudy
    Carmelo
    STAT
    Moz

    is a freakish 5 that i could see Walsh envisioning.

    but we have a ton of options; and i see us playing hardball with DEN at this pt and basically they bend over and take a rape now so they dont endure a harder one later.

    us getting the Spurs 1st for Wilson would be a strategic coup.

    depends how bad Walsh covets and wants Melo too. touches on a slight logjam. he wont relinquish Gallo to the bench, STAT is our primary 4. i think Walsh wants the starting 2 slot open for him to be able to configure lineups that include Melo + Gallo + STAT on floor at same time.

    not that this precludes Rudy, it just lowers his potential value for us, at least in what we'd be willing to sacrifice for him.

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    **** rudy.

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    Originally Posted by LJ4ptplay
    Is this wise? He said he just wants to go back to Europe. Maybe he's just trying to lower his trade value to get Portland to finally move him. Or maybe he would change his mind if he became the starting SG with the Knicks and D'Antoni's system.

    I don't know. We could definitely use his shooting. He shot 5-6 from 3pt yesterday. Mason has looked like he's still in his funk from last year.
    i really think Rudy would kill any talk of him going back to europe if it meant him starting wit the Knicks....but if Portland doesn't trade him then he might be so pissed he wants out of the country

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