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Tyson Chandler expects to join new team

Nov 30, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

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Tyson Chandler was the anchor of the Mavericks championship defense. In an era with no hands allowed on the perimeter, you can’t win without a big who can protect the rim. He was a key change that took them from contender to pretender.

In a surprise development on the first day that NBA teams and agents could start talking about new contracts, Tyson Chandler came away convinced that his time with the Dallas Mavericks is coming to an end.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard and Marc Stein have the report:

“I really think I’m going to be on a new team come training camp,” Chandler told in a telephone interview Wednesday night. “I’m really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me.”

Chandler insisted Wednesday that such assumptions are a misnomer and admitted for the first time that he’s disappointed by the club’s decision not to offer him a contract extension after he was widely credited — most notably by Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki — for changing the team’s defensive culture after three first-round exits in the previous four years.

Chandler’s injury history makes him a bit of a risk, and any team that pays for him in free agency will definitely be buying high, but Chandler is one of the most efficient offensive players in basketball and a legitimate force at the defensive end who helped propel the Mavericks to a championship. If Chandler does leave the Mavericks, expect nearly every team with cap space — and a lot of contenders without cap space who will be praying that Chandler will take a pay cut to play with them — to start bidding for Chandler’s services.

According to Stein and Broussard, one reason the Mavericks may be willing to let Chandler go is that they are hoping to join next off-season free-agent frenzy, when Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, and Chris Paul may all be available. We’ll keep you updated on this as it develops.

  1. therealhtj - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Basically the Mavs are probably looking to pay Chandler around what a player of his limitations and injury history should be bringing in and Chandler’s agent has convinced him some moron GM is about to offer max money.

    Sadly the agent is right. And Chandler will be a future Stretch Provision free agent.

  2. trueballs - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    He should make more than Perkins…But Perkins got overpaid. But hey…a center today that can catch a ball and defend is like Moses Malone.

  3. passerby23 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Don’t roll the dice, Dallas. You have a championship formula. No need to mess with it. Chandler walks and they are an average playoff team.

  4. thejotapee - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    Man would he look great in a Heat uniform. Too bad we can’t afford him. Samuel Dalembert will have to do….

    • snoopy2014 - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      That’s not saying much, seeing as your team didn’t really have a center. Greg Ostertag would look great in a Heat uniform.

  5. davidtmp - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Is it just me, but this guy only really shows up in his contract years. This is what is wrong with guarenteed contracts. He’ll be overpaid by someone, then play average for a few years, get traded to a team that thinks they can get more out of him…..we’ve seen this play out a million times.

  6. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 1, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    Hopefully for their sake Dallas will be able to hold onto Chandler as he was a big piece for them defensively in the playoffs last year. If not, another team is going to make a big mistake and overpay for his services.

  7. chicagofan - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Chandler had his 1st big contract in Chicago and they dumped him prematurely to save money and then wasted more money–14m/yr– one dimensional and the worst free throw shooter in NBA history–Ben Wallace. This free agent season is a test for the owners–stop offering max dollars to players who don’t deserve it!(Troy Murphy sat on Boston’s bench with expiring12m/y contract–who was dumb enough to pay him this much?) Chandler should get a big pay day for his performance in Dallas but the max he should ever get is 10m/yr, which is less than some dumb owner is likely to pay Nene who will likely be a bust for 13m/y.

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