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Tebow15Time
12-04-2011, 04:42 PM
Sources say Dallas is determined to make a run at Dwight Howard, Chris Paul or North Texas-native Deron Williams next summer and fears that matching the offers Chandler is expected to receive from the Warriors, Rockets and Nets will take the Mavericks out of the market for the big names before the process even starts.

As one of the league's oldest teams and with Nowitzki as its lone certifiable All-Star, Dallas privately concedes that it has to start looking to the future by trying to find a younger cornerstone player -- like Williams -- who can help Nowitzki transition to more of a co-starring role. The Mavs' big quandary, however, is that the presence of Nowitzki on the roster in July 2012 without Chandler as his frontcourt sidekick might not be enough to tempt the league's top free agents, given that Nowitzki will be 34 next summer.

One source with knowledge of Williams' thinking, for example, told ESPN.com earlier this week that the All-Star guard was unlikely to choose the Mavericks in free agency -- despite his local ties and appreciation of Nowitzki's game -- without Chandler in place as well.

The Nets are likewise chasing Nene and Chandler hard in hopes of upgrading their roster sufficiently to convince Williams to re-sign with them next summer before the team's long-awaited move to Brooklyn.

ESPN.com reported earlier this week that the Nets are prepared to offer Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks, while also absorbing the onerous contract of Hedo Turkoglu in hopes of convincing the Orlando Magic to deal them Howard, but the Nets have also forged ahead with the pursuit of Nene and Chandler to ensure that they land a top-flight big man, figuring that signing either one would also only enhance their collection of trade assets to offer the Magic for Howard.

The Warriors might have to use the forthcoming amnesty clause on guard Charlie Bell or even center Andris Biedrins to create enough cap space to win the bidding for Chandler, but they arguably rank as the strongest current threat to sign him away if the talks between the Mavericks and Chandler don't take a U-turn. Awash in scorers, Golden State is looking for a defensive-minded anchor to complement Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and David Lee, establishing Chandler as the best fit in Oakland of the available centers. Houston, meanwhile, simply needs a top-flight center after the retirement of Yao Ming and continues to press hard for Nene or Chandler.

Chandler maintains that staying in Dallas has always been his first choice, but he expressed disappointment in Wednesday night's interview that the communication between the sides was minimal from the end of the NBA Finals in mid-June and the June 30 deadline for a contract extension. The Mavericks maintain that they were reluctant to talk about an extension before July 1 because no one knew how drastic changes to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement would be at that time.

The best estimates in circulation suggest that the Mavericks would only have roughly $5 million in cap space for the summer of 2012 if they match the offers Chandler is getting on the open market, even if Dallas' other free agents -- such as Caron Butler and Jose Juan Barea -- are all let go. To have the needed cap space to bid for a player of Paul's or Williams' caliber in July 2012 if Chandler is retained, Dallas would likely need to set free either backup center Brendan Haywood or forward Shawn Marion through the amnesty clause, bid farewell to 2012 free agent-to-be Jason Terry and perhaps even be forced to send away younger prospects like Corey Brewer or Rodrigue Beaubois in trades that bring back no salary.

Chandler, 29, was acquired by the Mavericks in July 2010 in a deal with the Charlotte Bobcats, co-headlined by Erick Dampier, but he was widely billed at the time 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.

Yet 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.

After missing nearly 70 games over the previous two seasons through injury, Chandler wound up playing in 74 regular season games 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.

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

thoughts?

marj987
12-04-2011, 05:00 PM
Chandler needs to stop acting like a spoil little girl and take what he's worth, Just he won a championship doesn't mean this is relaxation time and the rest of your career is just a breeze in the wind, c'mon he's the best center the Mavs has ever had SMFH, Chandler you've just disgusted me.

Byronicle
12-04-2011, 05:00 PM
i defnitely dont want him now

he's driving up his price just after 1 great season

Iron24th
12-04-2011, 05:04 PM
Both Chandler and Mavs will be loosers in this story.

Monta is beast
12-04-2011, 05:05 PM
Good news for the Warriors!

ink
12-04-2011, 05:07 PM
No, capping their offer is the smartest business move. Whether they can replace him is another matter.

naps
12-04-2011, 05:07 PM
I just can't fathom any top FA (Dwight/Deron/CP3) committing to Dallas to play with a 34 year old Dirk.

dhopisthename
12-04-2011, 05:08 PM
http://hoopshype.com/salaries/dallas.htm
if this is correct then they will have just enough room if they don't sign any 2 year deals this year and if they amnesty haywood they would have more then enough

lavilevi23
12-04-2011, 05:15 PM
I just can't fathom any top FA (Dwight/Deron/CP3) committing to Dallas to play with a 34 year old Dirk.
this. Mavs need to start thinking avout rebuilding if they dont win it this year.

Avenged
12-04-2011, 05:20 PM
He got his ring, now he's just trying to get payed. Can't blame him for trying, his value will probably never be this high.

Tony_Starks
12-04-2011, 05:20 PM
Chandler needs to stop acting like a spoil little girl and take what he's worth, Just he won a championship doesn't mean this is relaxation time and the rest of your career is just a breeze in the wind, c'mon he's the best center the Mavs has ever had SMFH, Chandler you've just disgusted me.


So he should just disregard the opportunity to have what will be the biggest payday of his career? Yeah, that sounds really smart.......

LA_Raiders
12-04-2011, 06:05 PM
The mavs will lose him, and i dont think will be able to sign any of those 3.

Deron stays in NJ
Dwight goes to Lakers (Bynum and Odom is the best deal Orl will get)
CP3 goes to Clippers (Best offer for a NBA owned team)

KnicksorBust
12-04-2011, 06:11 PM
He got his ring, now he's just trying to get payed. Can't blame him for trying, his value will probably never be this high.

Exactly. He's 29. This is his last big contract. He should milk it for every penny it's worth.


I just can't fathom any top FA (Dwight/Deron/CP3) committing to Dallas to play with a 34 year old Dirk.

The fact that Deron has no interest speaks volumes. That is not an appealing team in 3 years. Deron-Paul-Dwight are all clearly looking for the best opportunity to team with another star prime star. That being said, Dallas won the chip, and I say you do what it takes to re-peat. Saving those extra few million for a pipe dream FA signing would be a mistake. Chandler was the perfect big to play with Dirk.

JordansBulls
12-04-2011, 06:31 PM
He got his ring, now he's just trying to get payed. Can't blame him for trying, his value will probably never be this high.

2005-06 Chicago Bulls NBA $9,000,000
2006-07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets NBA $9,150,000
2007-08 New Orleans Hornets NBA $10,250,000
2008-09 New Orleans Hornets NBA $11,350,000
2009-10 Charlotte Bobcats NBA $11,850,000
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks NBA $12,600,000

That was his salary those years. Dude is already paid.

NoahH
12-04-2011, 06:35 PM
Good news for the Warriors!

I will be extremely excited if the Warriors get Tyson Chandler

Tony_Starks
12-04-2011, 06:38 PM
2005-06 Chicago Bulls NBA $9,000,000
2006-07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets NBA $9,150,000
2007-08 New Orleans Hornets NBA $10,250,000
2008-09 New Orleans Hornets NBA $11,350,000
2009-10 Charlotte Bobcats NBA $11,850,000
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks NBA $12,600,000

That was his salary those years. Dude is already paid.


He's going to get more than that. Thus it is his BIGGEST payday. He'd be a fool not to take advantage of it, especially since he already got his ring and knowing the history of short playing careers for Centers.

Its not like he's been the most durable guy in the world. If he took a paycut and got hurt Im sure he would feel pretty stupid. Cash in while you can.....

NickyNick
12-04-2011, 06:47 PM
Both Chandler and Mavs will be loosers in this story.

loser*

unwantedplayer
12-04-2011, 06:57 PM
loser*

losers*