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    Exclamation Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    This was posted in the NBA rumors thread, but I thought it was big enough news to deserve it's own thread. If the admins disagree... well, they know what to do.

    Tyson Chandler think he'll be on a new team soon - CBSSports.com

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    The lockout isn't even officially over and the Mavericks could be losing one of their key championship pieces already. At least Tyson Chandler thinks so.

    "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," Chandler told ESPN.com 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 has already said that he feels the new collective bargaining agreement could mean he has to leave Dallas, which he wasn't happy about. The Mavs obviously want Chandler back, but if it's open season on him, he'll definitely be a top target for a lot of teams. But Chandler doesn't want to wait around.

    "I would like this to be settled by early next week," Chandler said. "I want to be in camp with my new teammates as soon as possible."

    But don't think just because Chandler says it's over, that it's over. This is all a negotiation, all part of the game. Chandler wants the most money he can possibly get and he's basically saying, "Hey Cuban, if you want to keep me, you'll have to pay up." Call it posturing, call it hardball, but Chandler is working to get everything he can.

    Chandler has said repeatedly he wants to stay with the Mavericks and the team has maintained that their top offseason job was to bring him back. But according to the report, the Mavs fear that they won't be able to match the offers Chandler will get on the open market. Right now, assuming Dallas lets Caron Butler and J.J. Barea walk, the Mavs would only have $5-6 million in cap space for 2012 to make a run at Deron Williams, Dwight Howard or Chris Paul.

    Top suitors for Chandler as of now are listed as the Nets, Warriors, Rockets and Raptors. But again, this is just how free agency works. The Mavs say they don't have the money to pay and Chandler says that he probably won't be back. Have we not learned anything from all the posturing and PR spin from the lockout? What you hear isn't what is truth.

    Chandler very well may move on, but there's still time to get this figured out. I mean, the lockout isn't even actually over yet.


    Tyson Chandler of Dallas Mavericks says he expects to 'be on a new team come training camp' - ESPN Dallas

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    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.

    "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," Chandler told ESPN.com 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's doubts about the Mavericks' willingness to re-sign him to a lucrative long-term deal will be welcome news for organizations throughout the league. Chandler and Denver center Nene rank as the two most coveted unrestricted free agents in the 2011 class, but the overwhelming sentiment in many front offices has been that Chandler's return to Dallas was essentially a done deal after the 7-footer's role in helping the Mavericks win their first championship.

    Chandler, though, 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 maintains that staying in Dallas has been his first choice, but he expressed disappointment that the communication between the sides was minimal from the end of the NBA Finals in mid-June and the June 30 deadline for extensions. NBA front office sources list New Jersey, Golden State, Houston and Toronto as the teams chasing Chandler hardest.

    The Mavericks have likewise long maintained that bringing Chandler back is their No. 1 offseason priority. But sources with knowledge of club's thinking have told ESPN.com this month that management fears trying to match the offers Chandler gets on the open market -- even if Dallas' other free agents, such as Caron Butler and J.J. Barea are all let go -- will leave them with about $5-6 million in salary-cap space in the summer of 2012.

    That's when the Mavericks had hoped to be under the cap for the first time in the Mark Cuban era to join the free agent bidding for Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Dallas-area native Deron Williams.

    As one of the league's oldest teams, Dallas needs the injection of youth that a perimeter scorer like Williams could provide. The Mavs' quandary, however, is that the presence of Nowitzki alone on the roster in July 2012 might not be enough to tempt the league's top free agents.

    One source close to Williams, for example, says it's unlikely that the New Jersey Nets' point guard would consider signing with the Mavericks unless he was joining both Nowitzki and Chandler. The Mavs' counter is that, with Nowitzki and Chandler on the books, they won't have enough money to sign Williams outright and would be forced to rely on striking a complicated sign-and-trade arrangement.

    Chandler, for his part, says he hopes to know where his home will be soon, even though the league announced Tuesday that teams and players can't strike written or verbal agreements before the officially scheduled start of free agency on Dec. 9.
    "I would like this to be settled by early next week," Chandler said. "I want to be in camp with my new teammates as soon as possible."

    Earlier Wednesday, Cuban told ESPNDallas.com's Jeff Caplan: "We are going through and digesting all the new rules and waiting on others. Once everything is in place we will have a far better idea on what we can and can't do. In the meanwhile, we certainly are going to be talking to everyone's agent."

    Chandler, 29, was acquired by the Mavericks in July 2010 in a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats co-headlined by Erick Dampier, but was widely billed as a consolation prize after Dampier's cap-friendly contract failed to get Dallas in the bidding for the league's marquee free agents -- Miami stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh among them -- through various sign-and-trade offers.

    In the final year of his contract, Chandler wound up meshing with Nowitzki better than anyone anticipated, supplying length, athleticism, rim protection and a brand of vocal leadership that no big man who previously lined up alongside the eventual NBA Finals MVP had ever provided in Dallas.

    Chandler wound up playing in 74 regular season games -- after missing nearly 70 games over the previous two seasons through injury -- and finished third in the league's Defensive Player of the Year voting. In the Western Conference finals, Chandler helped Dallas to a 4-1 series win over the same Oklahoma City Thunder team that traded for him in February 2009 and then rescinded the trade one day later because of concerns about a toe injury.

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    Come to the Hoosier State, Tyson!


    (A guy can dream, right?)

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    As I said elsewhere, he already seemed to be losing his hops last year, and it's only going to get worse. Combined with his mostly one-sided game, I'm certainly not rooting for the Pacers to open the bank vault for him. Certainly not $15mm a year.

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    I keep seeing guys and thinking "Hey, the Pacers could use that guy."

    Then I see the price tag.
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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    I think that in Texas, "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp" is code word for "Cuban, I want to get paid".
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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    He'd get a sweet deal in China.

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

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    I think that in Texas, "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp" is code word for "Cuban, I want to get paid".

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    If Mark Cuban can't afford Chandler then we surely can't afford him.

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    This would be a big loss for Dallas. He was huge for them in the postseason.

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    If Mark Cuban can't afford Chandler then we surely can't afford him.
    I would put his price tag at 12 mill. The maavs have. To decide if dwilll is a possibility or not.

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    Default Re: Tyson Chandler: "I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp"

    I like Chandler for the next 2-3 years, but I'd probably hate him for the remaining 2-3 years on the lengthy contract he'll get. Let's not forget this guy has had a lot of injuries throughout this career, and the Pacers cannot afford to miss on any big contracts.

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    I like Chandler for the next 2-3 years, but I'd probably hate him for the remaining 2-3 years on the lengthy contract he'll get. Let's not forget this guy has had a lot of injuries throughout this career, and the Pacers cannot afford to miss on any big contracts.
    Its a good thing we could only sign him for 4 years then. I doubt we go after him though.

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