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Report: Nets, Warriors Rockets leaders in Tyson Chander sweepstakes

Dec 4, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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It starts here: Tyson Chandler wants to get paid. A lot. This is likely his last big contract and the man wants his money (reportedly he asked the Mavericks for a $20 million deal and wants max money from others).

Dallas has balked at the cost and that is why Chandler has said he expects to be on another team next season. I wouldn’t be shocked if in the end he comes back to the Mavericks, but right now he is going to play the field.

Who is in that field? New Jersey, Golden State and Houston, Marc Stein at ESPN reports.

With little movement in the talks in the days since, sources say that Golden State, Houston and New Jersey have emerged as the most serious suitors for Chandler, who is widely credited with changing the defensive culture in Dallas and combining with Mavs mainstay Dirk Nowitzki to spark the franchise to its first-ever championship.

The Rockets and Nets also remain at the forefront of the chase for Denver Nuggets free agent Nene — along with the Indiana Pacers and Nuggets themselves — and are likely to meet with the Brazilian big man as well in the coming week. Sources stressed that the Mavericks, meanwhile, continue to keep an open dialogue with Chandler in hopes that a deal can still be struck.

Golden State is interesting. It’s a team where the owners are working hard to change the culture, starting with a bigger focus on defense as they try to wash the remainder of the Don Nelson era away. They have scorers with Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and even David Lee. Put Chandler in the middle and that is a much better team that could make Mark Jackson look good.

Houston is sort of similar, but maybe not as good. They could use the defender in the middle and they have Kevin Martin and others to do the scoring. They also have a known, stable franchise that will build quality around its stars. But Chandler is another role player in Houston on a team of good ones. With the Nets, he shares the paint with Brook Lopez on a team and franchise trying to build something fast. Chandler in New Jersey is really Nets ownership saying, “Look how hard we are trying, Deron Williams, please sign with us.”

In the end, Chandler is going to get a big payday, maybe not as big a one as he wants but a big one. And after having won a title, will he want to go to another team that is rebuilding for a few more bucks? Is that really worth it at this point in his career.

  1. patrickharrel - Dec 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    “Houston is sort of similar, but maybe not as good.”

    Huh, what about the Rockets isn’t as good as the Warriors? Martin by nearly any metric is a better player than Monta, Lowry’s 2 way skills trump Curry’s one-sided game, and Scola is not only more consistent than Lee but is more healthy. The Warriors are one of the least deep teams in the league, they consistently rely on scrap heap pickups who are mediocre at best. Add in the fact that the Rockets are younger and are coming off a season in which they won 7 games more, that’s a tough argument to make.

  2. thebigkahuna23 - Dec 4, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    This is just like when Verajao wanted north of 10 mil from the cavaliers. Chandler asking for that much is laughable. Especially considering that without other great players around him all he can do is alley-oop dunk and play solid D.

  3. entropy13 - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:22 AM

    F**K OFF CHANDLER

    “Dallas Mavericks free agent Tyson Chandler will meet face-to-face this week with officials from the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets, according to sources close to the situation.”

    So it really is all about the money now. None of those teams have a chance of getting to the playoffs, much less the Finals. Maybe getting the 8th seed, but that would be pushing their luck already. The Nets won’t suddenly be title contenders with adding you Chandler.

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