Friday, July 1st, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  17 responses

Tyson Chandler to Hit the Free Agent Market?

The Mavericks’ big fella, according to reports, will indeed become a free agent, but sounds like he wants to stay in Dallas. From ESPN: “As badly as the Mavericks want the vocal Chandler back to reprise his role as the most impactful frontcourt sidekick Dirk Nowitzki has ever played with, team officials are apparently determined to see exactly how restrictive the new salary-cap rules are after the lockout before trying to re-sign the Team USA big man. The risk there is that [Tyson] Chandler, like Nene, is sure to attract interest from numerous teams, which means that Dallas will have to deal with serious competition to keep him, as opposed to the past two weeks since the championship when only the Mavs could negotiate with him. Besides big-spending rivals such as Miami and New York that sources say would love to try to steal Chandler from the Mavs if they had any financial flexibility, sources likewise indicate that at least two teams projected to have some salary-cap space in the NBA’s new frontier — Sacramento and Toronto — are already making plans to go hard after Chandler when they are finally granted that opportunity. The good news for Dallas is that Chandler, by all accounts, wants to stay in Big D and would presumably have little interest at this point in playing for any team that isn’t in the championship mix. The teams with the lowest projected payrolls for next season (Sacramento, Indiana, New Jersey, Washington, Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto) are all lottery teams. The 28-year-old seemed to tip his hand about how much he wants to return during the Mavericks’ post-parade celebration at American Airlines Center on June 16, when joked LeBron James-style about how he expects Dallas to go on and win ‘two, three, four, five’ championships.”

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  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Charlotte’s gift to Dallas should stay put.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    I agree they handed Tyson to Dallas on a golden (not silver) platter.

  • Geek

    yup. stay in Dallas.

  • Gaz

    shush BETCATS

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Tyson is staying in Dallas, without him. Dallas loses. BOOK IT!!

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    Dallas should thank MJ coz he is the best at making trades.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    What did Charlotte get for him again?

  • rich

    a horrible reputation and a couple more years of lottery

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Dallas has money, but im sure they still feel like crap signing Brendan. Stupid Cuban. everyone knew he overachieved when he got there. Anyways, I hope Tyson leaves

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    In Charlotte, Chandler missed over 30 games and only started half the games he played. He averaged just 6 and 6 with the Bobcats after 3 seasons with the Hornets where he averaged better than 10 and 10. It was no surprise he was traded for an expiring contract and a couple bench players. Dallas took a risk, and it was a perfect fit unlike Chandler in Charlotte.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Hossy

    why did the hornets EVER trade this guy? if they lose cp3 they can thank that tyson/emeka trade. why give the best oop tossing guard in the league a center who can’t catch oops?

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Send the Hornets back to Charlotte. Keeps the Hornets name, colors, history. Merge the rosters and forget the Bobcats ever happened.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    They can afford to let Barea, Stevenson, and Butler walk. They can’t afford to lose Chandler.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max


  • -Mas-

    Barea? Really? Come on!

  • greg

    @hossy the same reason they thought trevor ariza would be a great second option in scoring

  • come on Barea dominated the finals

    Come on are you serious Barea was sickkkkk all playoofs. How can you say that? x