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wintermute
07-07-2011, 05:12 AM
Probably my top choice for a FA big man, ahead of Nene and Chuck Hayes. Dollars and injury history are a concern, true. But I think he could have a very significant impact on the team.

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/columns/story?columnist=caplan_jeff&id=6743774

Tyson Chandler still shoots straight
Center keeps it real in free agency, like he did during Mavs' championship season
By Jeff Caplan
ESPNDallas.com
Updated: July 7, 2011, 1:55 AM ET

Tyson Chandler sold himself to teammates through a policy of hard-driving honesty, a brand of can-you-handle-the-truth locker room leadership that motivated the world champion Dallas Mavericks from training camp all the way through the title-clinching Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Now he's bringing that same honest approach to free agency. Back in his home of Southern California with his wife and three young children, Chandler has made no bold proclamations about staying or leaving.

He has simply acknowledged the facts, that for the first time in his 10-year career he is an unrestricted free agent at the most opportune time of his career, having proven to the league with his most impactful season that his injuries are history and his presence can be transforming.

Whenever the NBA lockout ends and a frenzied free-agency period begins, Chandler and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, know he will have the entire league -- or at least those teams with spending power -- in the palms of his large, soft hands.

"It's a great point in my career, and I'm coming up under free agency and there's a lot of great teams out there, a lot of great opportunities out there, a lot of up-and-building things," Chandler said Wednesday in a phone interview. "So, I mean, I've got to take a look at all that. I've got to take everything into consideration and the good thing is I'm on a good side. I'm coming off an incredible year, so it's not a situation where it's worrisome."

The same can't be said for Mavs owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, who pulled off last summer's deal with Charlotte to land the 7-foot-1 center. The Mavs' brass will do everything within the parameters of a new collective bargaining agreement and revamped salary structure to keep Chandler -- whom Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said "changed our season" and Dirk Nowitzki named the team MVP early on and never wavered from it -- in a Mavs uniform for years to come.

Mavs fans might take issue with the notion that Chandler has dropped no hints about a desire to remain in Dallas. There was, of course, the championship rally at American Airlines Center in front of a nearly packed house when he playfully mocked LeBron James when he brought up winning not one, but "two, three, four, five" championships.

Chandler said he wasn't intentionally mocking James. More interesting is that he said he was caught in the moment, and at that moment he believed there was a chance a long-term deal could get done with Dallas before the July 1 lockout, a period of time in which only the Mavs could negotiate with Chandler and his agent.

"When you win one like this and you have something special you should try to do it in bunches," Chandler said. "But obviously that was a time and I felt like the opportunity for me coming back was big and I thought we may have an opportunity to get things worked out before this collective bargaining agreement. But now I'm going to go into free agency."

Without a new CBA in place, as badly as Cuban would have loved to hammer out a deal, there was no way the Mavs could commit to a large salary figure without first knowing the rules.

"Now," Chandler said, "I hope I don't have to eat my words. But, we'll see what has to happen."

Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds in his first season with Dallas. It personally would have been a triumphant season for him even had he not helped the Mavs secure the franchise's first championship. He put two seasons of foot injuries behind him and proved to himself that he could still be a physical force as a defensive anchor and an emotional leader on and off the floor.

"This year was unbelievable. I'll never, obviously, have a year like this again, and when I say that, I don't mean statistics or anything. You'll never win your first championship ever again," Chandler said. "What I brought to this organization, I wanted to change the culture, and when I say that by no means [am I] trying to offend anyone because this is an organization that has had countless winning seasons and had all the success in the world.

"The only thing that was missing was a championship."

So what are Chandler's priorities now? He has money in the bank (his just-ended six-year extension signed with the Chicago Bulls paid $60 million of his nearly $80 million in career earnings). And now he has a championship.

After moving from New Orleans to Charlotte to Dallas over the past three seasons, is stability his No. 1 priority? Will the highest bidder earn his services? Does his wife have a preferential destination for what might be the final contract of his career -- or at least of his prime?

"It's going to be a lot that comes into play," Chandler said. "I've got a family, so I want to make sure I put my family in a good situation, where my kids will be comfortable going to school, being able to adjust. That's my No. 1 priority. Being on the court, my surroundings, my teammates, the organization, the history of the organization, our chances, the type of impact I'll make. All that stuff is going to come into play. It's a long list."

So will Chandler return to chase back-to-back titles? Or will a one-and-done collar he helped the franchise escape come to describe his championship tenure in Dallas?

It seems even Chandler doesn't yet know the answer. As much as this indefinite work stoppage and the uncertainty that comes with it might drive Mavs fans crazy, Chandler said he is at ease with the stalled process.

"I'm just going to sit back, relax and not think about it," Chandler said. "And when that time comes, we'll see what the best opportunity is for me."

graphic-er
07-07-2011, 08:27 AM
Lets hope Granger became good friends with him last summer with Team USA, they were 2 of the older players on the team. I hope Danny is making a case for us during this lockout.

travmil
07-07-2011, 09:39 AM
LOL Chandler isn't coming to Indy. Der Fuhrer will make sure there's an amnesty clause put in the CBA so the big teams can escape from their salary cap hell just in time to scoop all the free agents only a few small market teams had a chance at.

Speed
07-07-2011, 09:40 AM
This makes me want to go after him, the intangibles seem incredible, plus defensive anchor sounds good. I wish I knew if he could play some PF next to Roy, then I'd be full on board.

Reginald
07-07-2011, 10:13 AM
LOL Chandler isn't coming to Indy.

I agreed with you before reading this article. Everyone here pretty much thought Chandler re-signing with Dallas was a forgone conclusion. That doesn't seem to be the case, at all.

MillerTime
07-07-2011, 10:51 AM
A) what are we going to do with Roy? They cannot play alongside .... I don't see Chandler as a PF...neither really has a great outside shooting touch. Roy shows flashes of a shot but its only if he's left totally wide open.

If we make a move for Chandler, we might have to move Roy

pacergod2
07-07-2011, 10:59 AM
1. He wants a great, safe place for his kids to grow up. "I've got a family, so I want to make sure I put my family in a good situation, where my kids will be comfortable going to school, being able to adjust. That's my No. 1 priority." Indianapolis fits the description for a married guy with kids way more than the single egotistical male.

2. He wants to know what his fit would be for "Being on the court, my surroundings, my teammates, the organization, the history of the organization,the type of impact I'll make." He will definitely start and play big minutes. His teammates are group of good young players that are developing well and he could stick with throughout his contract. He adds to our length, which will be huge advantage defenisvely. His surroundings and the organization provide loyalty, trust, and open communication. I think Rick Carlisle would tell him good things about the organization even though things didn't work out so well with him (assuming he is willing to leave Dallas, which seems to be the case). The history of the organization, well we have history, but thank god the Lakers and Celtics don't have any money.

3. "Our chances... All that stuff is going to come into play. It's a long list." This may be the one thing that really works against us. If Chandler doesn't think they can make a run in the next couple of years, we won't have a chance at him. I think the Kings would be an interesting destination for him, especially considering they have more cap space than we do. I think they are much further away from being competitive than we are, but Chandler might think that neither are good fits.

Speed
07-07-2011, 11:23 AM
A) what are we going to do with Roy? They cannot play alongside .... I don't see Chandler as a PF...neither really has a great outside shooting touch. Roy shows flashes of a shot but its only if he's left totally wide open.

If we make a move for Chandler, we might have to move Roy

Sign Chandler, trade Roy for Milsap or Josh Smith or someone along those lines. I think you could even take Al Jeffersons bad Defense with Chandler holding it down at the rim.

Does that work, you get better defensively, leadership, more veteran. You get your PF using Roy as bait. You've spent your money, but you have alot of nice current pieces and still get improvement from the younger guys that are left.

Still sign Jeff to back up center, leaves you Jeff/Tyler combo I love on the Goon squad.

Now back to the lockout. :)

Infinite MAN_force
07-07-2011, 03:47 PM
Sign Chandler, trade Roy for Milsap or Josh Smith or someone along those lines. I think you could even take Al Jeffersons bad Defense with Chandler holding it down at the rim.

Does that work, you get better defensively, leadership, more veteran. You get your PF using Roy as bait. You've spent your money, but you have alot of nice current pieces and still get improvement from the younger guys that are left.

Still sign Jeff to back up center, leaves you Jeff/Tyler combo I love on the Goon squad.

Now back to the lockout. :)

As much as I am usually against trading Hibbert, and totally against bringing in Al Jefferson. These scenarios are very intriguing. Either a Chandler/Jefferson or Chandler/Smith front court duo sounds very very enticing.

The Smith scenario is most likely because of Atlanta's need at Center. A Chandler/Smith front court would be one of the best defensive front court's in the entire NBA. Add Tyler into that mix and its hard not to like that group.

PacerDude
07-07-2011, 05:53 PM
A) what are we going to do with Roy? They cannot play alongside .... I don't see Chandler as a PF...neither really has a great outside shooting touch. Roy shows flashes of a shot but its only if he's left totally wide open.

If we make a move for Chandler, we might have to move Roy

I'd be fine with them on the court together (ain't gonna happen, but WTF - let's talk about it). We have enough guys that score (shoot). Let them rebound, pick up scraps on offense, play D .............. yeah, I'm OK with that.