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Saturday, June 12th, 2010 at 11:11 am  |  7 responses

Tyson Chandler’s Opt-Out Unlikely

Rick Bonnell, longtime Hornets beat writer for the Charlotte Observer, disputes a Chad Ford report that indicated that Bobcats center Tyson Chandler is seriously considering exercising the early termination option in his contract: “There’s a report on espn.com, quoting an unnamed source, saying Chandler is considering exercising an early-termination option. While that would make Chandler an unrestricted free agent, it would also forfeit $12.6 million in salary. Chandler said twice during the season that he didn’t intend to opt out. Higgins said he’s heard nothing from Chandler or his agent, Jeff Schwartz, indicating Chandler is considering an opt-out. ‘I have not spoken to Jeff in a while, but it’s so funny – I was texting back-and-forth with Tyson just last night – that didn’t come up,’ Higgins said Friday.”

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  • Clay

    Why would he opt-out? That’s a lot of money to leave, especially seeing how often Chandler is hurt and the unwillingness of teams to give him anywhere near that kind of money.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    The upcoming collective bargaining agreement has more than a few NBA players trying to get new contracts before ‘whatever’ hits the fan.

    Yes 12.6 million is an awful amount of money to leave on the table, but financial security (perhaps Chandler swings something in the neighborhood of 5 years $50 million) is an even better fixture.

    Or, it could be something simple as Chandler hating his current team.

  • Simmy Sosa

    @don Chandler is at the tail end of the biggest contract he will receive in his career. His health and play have been on decline since 2008. At this point I don’t even think he gets a mid-level exception. It would be foolish for him to opt out…

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    scrub

  • Clay

    Don there is no way Chandler is getting that deal.

  • Cam Jones

    Don you do realize Isiah Thomas is out of the league so Tyson getting 5 for 50. Try 5 million a year for like 3 years from someone who loses out on the top tier free agents and is scrambling to sign a body to appease the fans whether it makes basketball sense or not *cough Clippers*

  • Cam Jones

    Don you do realize Isiah Thomas is out of the league so Tyson getting 5 for 50. Try 5 million a year for like 3 years from someone who loses out on the top tier free agents and is scrambling to sign a body to appease the fans whether it makes basketball sense or not *cough Clippers*

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