We did have the cap room when the season was over Eddy Curry contract came off the books.. Wouldnt of had the money for Chandler though. Moving those contracts cleared cap room for him but then again I dont know what im talking about
the lockout was looming. melo's agent wasn't gonna let him potentially lose millions just to screw over his former team. he did the respectable thing and left the team that drafted him with some role players instead of ditching them for nothing like lebron.
if we didn't trade for him he would be a brooklyn net right now. we'd still be a lottery team.