Tag:Tyson Chandler
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:10 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 10:05 pm

Free Agency Buzz 12.3.11: Howard eyes L.A.?


Posted by Ben Golliver

On a shortened schedule with the conclusion of the NBA lockout, free agency is going to be fast and furious. To keep track of all the wheelings, dealings, rumors, and reports, check Eye on Basketball daily for the Free Agency Buzz. 

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

9:51 p.m.
  • DraftExpress.com reports that 19-year-old Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, will not be released by Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas so that he can join the Toronto Raptors during the 2011-2012 NBA season. The Raptors selected Valanciunas knowing that they might need to wait a year for contract purposes but a report surfaced earlier Saturday that said Toronto would investigate his potential availability now that the lockout has ended.
6:39 p.m. 
  • The Oregonian reports that Portland Trail Blazers restricted free agent center Greg Oden will undergo a medical evaluation on Thursday that could lead to him being cleared for contact. Oden is expected to return to the court no earlier than January following a Nov. 2011 microfracture surgery. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft hasn't played in an NBA game since Dec. 2009.
2:27 p.m.
  • ESPN.com reports that the Toronto Raptors might hold off on making a free agency splash until next summer because they don't have a chance of landing Memphis Grizzlies restricted free agent center Marc Gasol and because they would need to amnesty someone to be able to make the big-dollar offer. 
  • The New York Post reports that the New Jersey Nets have a "quiet confidence" in their ability to sign Denver Nuggets free agent center Nene Hilario, with the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets seen as the top competition for his services.
  • HoopsWorld.com reports that he Indiana Pacers would investigate a sign-and-trade for Memphis Grizzlies free agent center Marc Gasol with center Roy Hibbert to dangle as bait. The site also reports the Pacers have interest in free agent guard Jamal Crawford.
11: 50 a.m.
  • SI.com reports that the trio of top-flight big men that are free agents -- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler and Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario -- are all looking for the biggest payday possible: "According to sources, Nene, Chandler and Gasol all set their early asking prices in the neighborhood of maximum-contract territory, starting at $14.8 million for Gasol, $17.7 annually for Nene, and $20.7 million for Chandler. There is plenty of crossover in their respective lists of salary-cap-friendly suitors, with the Nets, Rockets and Warriors appearing to be the hungriest shoppers, and the Pacers and Trail Blazers strolling the big man aisles as well."
  • The Boston Herald quotes Billy Duffy, agent for Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, in response to recent trade rumors involving his All-Star client: "It’s just disturbing. It’s disturbing for everybody. It’s disturbing for me. It’s disturbing for him, because it makes one think, ‘Where do I stand in this relationship?’ Particularly because he’s a darn good player, and this is a very successful franchise, and he’s one of the key players on the franchise. When the uncertainty of your situation becomes a prominent topic — not just within your household, but on a national basis — it is a bit challenging."
  • The Boston Globe reports that David Falk, agent for Celtics forward Jeff Green, "hopes" he can reach a new deal with the Celtics and that his client "feels like he has unfinished business in Boston."
Posted on: November 30, 2011 9:49 pm

Tyson Chandler think he'll be on a new team soon

Posted by Royce Young

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.
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2011 3:08 pm

Report: Tyson Chandler to pass on China

Posted by Ben Gollivertyson-chandler-bow-tie

The unsung hero of the 2011 Dallas Mavericks title run has reportedly decided to wait out the ongoing NBA lockout, at least for now.

ESPN.com reports that Mavericks center Tyson Chandler will not accept an offer from the Zhjiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
"I was considering it but I don't think I'm going to do it," Chandler said in a text message. "It was hard to turn down."
Back in July, CBSSports.com's Eye on Basketball staff ranked Chandler, a defense and rebounding specialist who averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season, the No. 3 free agent in the 2011 class.

Why pass up what was surely a million-dollar offer in China? Simple: if the NBA manages to salvage a season in the next six weeks, Chandler is guaranteed a major payday from someone. Anything that compromises that big-dollar contract represents an unnecessary risk. The easiest way to compromise that money: suffer an injury halfway across the world while playing basketball competitively for the first time in five months with no formal training camp or preseason to get up to speed.   

At 29 and coming off of a title, Chandler was primed for a massive payday this summer. He is an indispensable part of the Mavericks unit and Dallas owner Mark Cuban would, in a normal year, have rushed to overpay him and get a deal done. Unfortunately for Chandler, the lockout intervened, indefinitely postponing his free agency.

Back in October, Chandler called the NBA's owners "dictators" and, earlier this month, he worried that the punitive luxury tax system in the NBA's most recent collective bargaining agreement offer to players could make it impossible for him to return to the Mavericks.

If the entire NBA season is canceled, the risk calculus might change for Chandler, given that he would need to be healthy and ready to go no earlier than September or October 2012. For now, though, he made the smart call.
Posted on: November 7, 2011 2:05 pm

Tyson Chandler: New CBA could keep him from Mavs

Posted by Royce Young

A new collective bargaining agreement could greatly affect a whole lot of teams. The Lakers, the Heat, the Celtics and potentially, the defending champion Mavericks.

The next salary cap is supposed to be in the $58 million and the Mavs are already above and beyond that with about $60 million committed. And that's without having re-signed Caron Butler, J.J. Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Tyson Chandler. If the new luxury tax that's been proposed is adopted, it'll start at $70 million and with it being potentially dollar-for-dollar, the Mavs might not be able to keep all their players.

Tyson Chandler realizes this. And he's blaming the new CBA, via the Dallas Morning News:

“With the collective bargaining agreement and some of the things that they’re trying to enforce, it would basically prohibit me from coming back,” Chandler told KESN-FM FM in Dallas. “It would take it out of my hands — and the organization’s — because it would almost be pretty much impossible for me to re-sign. I just think that can be the worst thing that can happen.”

“For years, the Lakers have been able to win championships and re-sign their players and keep them there so they can go out for another title,” Chandler said. “Now, to put that deal in place after we win ours, I don’t like it one bit.”

Really not much else to add to that because Chandler's right. The new system would greatly change the way teams re-sign and retain their big name free agents. But then again, it also means that a team like the Mavs can't continue to stockpile big name players year after year. Instead, the talent is supposed to be more evenly distributed.

At least that's the idea.

Here's the thing though: The luxury tax doesn't mean anything to Mark Cuban. Make it dollar-for-dollar or five dollars for every dollar over and he's going to spend how he wants to. If the Mavs want Chandler back, they're going to figure out a way to keep him.

Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 8:13 pm

Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing 11.4

By Matt Moore

The Mavericks and Spurs have had some titanic battles through the course of the past decade-plus during this time of contention for both teams. For the first time, we would be seeing the Mavericks as the defending champs, as the team that figured things out, while the Spurs are the team that couldn't put it together, who fell apart at the wrong time.

These battles are precious. We're only going to see Dirk Nowitzki go at Tim Duncan so many more times as both head towards retirement. Already Duncan is not the player he used to be, as Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker take more of a role. But it's still Duncan vs. Dirk, Parker vs. Jet, Manu vs. well, whoever the Mavs put on him. The Mavericks now have the bruisers inside, Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood, while it's the Spurs with the defensive sieves in DeJuan Blair and Matt Bonner.

This game would still be a huge clash of juggernauts, though, especially with the shooters on each side. Both teams had titanic offenses last week, while it was only the Spurs who ran into the iceberg against Memphis.

Jason Kidd against Tony Parker is a smarter matchup than it seems, while Kawhi Leonard would be facing Caron Butler in a past-face-present. It would have all the rivalry that Texas teams demand, and the drama of a battle between two teams with five championships and six Finals appearances over the past twelve seasons.

And we get none of it.

Today is Day 127 of the NBA Lockout.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:05 pm

The Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing 11.1

By Matt Moore

Tuesday night would have been a reckoning if there were a season. It would be about more than just a good season. It would be about the past and the future. About a decade of tireless effort, of painstaking consistency and a drive to get it right, and it would be about the years to come, and how bright and hopeful they are.

If there were an NBA season, we'd be watching Bulls-Mavericks Tuesday night.

The Dallas Mavericks suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous NBA fortune more than any team short of the Trail Blazers over the past ten years. They built a championship core, and instead of rebuilding or tearing it down when it didn't work, they kept tinkering, adjusting, taking what worked and trying to make it better. Mark Cuban sunk hundreds of millions into the team in payroll, staff, training, promotion, everything. It's a massively powerful organization, that still didn't have a ring to show for it. Tuesday night would have been the night that Dirk Nowitzki could take a step back and appreciate how far he'd come, how all the work and the trust and the blood, sweat, tears, and teeth in his arm were worth it. For Jason Kidd it would be a sweet way to usher in the sunset of his career. And the Mavericks, a tighnit group of professionals, could savor entering the season as the top dogs.

The Bulls would just be hungry. Hungry to spit that taste of embarassing defeat from their mouths, hungry to show they still have the best defense in the league, show they were not a flash in the pan, that they don't need massive overhauls. Derrick Rose would be ready to ask "Why not me, again?" for MVP.

It would be a terrific matchup.

Jason Kidd's experience, bruising defense against Rose's blistering speed, which would require long stints from Caron Butler in help defense, along with every other Maverick between Rose and the rim, especially Tyson Chandler. We'd see a chess match between two of the best tacticians in the league in Rick Carlisle and Tom Thibodeau, as Thibodeau would seek to body and help on Dirk at every turn and Carlisle would seek to continue to do what the Mavericks did last season, punish teams for helping by burying them from deep, and collecting offensive rebounds for extra possessions. Joakim Noah vs. Tyson Chandler is some sort of future-present meet past-present. J.J. Barea (assuming he re-signed, along with Chandler), would be going at it with C.J. Watson. And Carlos Boozer, at least for some limited possessions, would be left on an island with the Finals MVP.

Oh, the fun we would have had.

It would have been such a great way to follow up from the most exciting season in over ten years, to embrace a team made up of stars of the past ten years who are in no way done versus a team of stars for the next ten years (plus Carlos Boozer) who are just getting started. It would have been fierce. It would have been fun to argue about who should get the shots in crunch time, whether Rose looks healed mentally and physically, whether the Mavericks really can make a run at a repeat.

Instead, American Airlines Center will be silent and dark Tuesday night. It is day 124 of the NBA lockout.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 1:18 pm

Tyson Chandler compares NBA owners to 'dictators'

Posted by Royce Young

The players seem to be going on the offensive right now. Raja Bell said David Stern rules with an iron fist, Chris Paul made a point to say players aren't greedy and now, Tyson Chandler is comparing the league and its owners to dictators. Not quite as bad as "plantation overseer" but it's a strong way of putting it for sure. As he told ESPN Radio:
"It’s unfair to the players, it’s unfair to the fans because it’s only going to lead to a longer lockout. A negotiation is a negotiation, and that’s the way it should be, but this is more dictators than anything, and I don’t feel this is going as a negotiation.”
That seems to be the popular opinion around the players right now -- the owners aren't negotiating in good faith to get a deal done. Billy Hunter has said multiple times that David Stern told him to prepare for this two years ago. And now, here it is with the owners holding a lock and key over the league in order to get a better deal.

I assume Chandler is meaning to say that the owners are basically telling the players what kind of deal to take instead of actually negotiating with a back and forth. Which is definitely as it seems from the outside. The players have made a number of concessions but it hasn't been good enough for the owners. Coming down from 57 to as low as 52.5, but the owners wouldn't budge from their numbers, only coming "up" to a 50-50 split. So you can understand the players' frustration.

Chandler was asked about the players lacking leveraged -- i.e. decertification -- in these negotiations.
“Well we are the product, and I’ve said from the get go, if the owners want to take that spin than we should take the lockout. The owners, you can’t find any other players like we have in the NBA. You’re not going to find them overseas, you’re not going to find them in college, you’re not going to find them anywhere else. We have the Kobes, the LeBrons, the Durants, Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Derek Rose, Blake Griffin — those guys are selling out your arenas night in and night out. There’s a reason the Clippers draw the attendance that they do — it’s because of Blake Griffin. He’s putting the money in the owners pocket.

And those guys that are making money, they don’t want to lockout, they don’t want to see this thing drag on. But there are owners in the other cities that aren’t making money, I understand that, and so that’s the reason that we’ve came back so that those owners can at least break even. Now if you put a better product on the floor and you go out in free agency and make some hits and make a splash, then your team will get exciting again and you’ll get some attention and people will start going to your games. But ultimately the players are the product.”
It's true. The players are the product. But the owners are the ones writing the checks, so it's not like they have a say in their business.

Hence our stalemate.
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:11 pm

Video: Marion, Chandler and Love are locked in

Posted by Royce Young

The lockout is giving me a serious case of the sads, so props to Funny Or Die for at least trying to cheer everyone up. Kevin Love, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler misunderstand the lockout and go to a high school lock-in. Whoa boy! Hijinks ensue!

One thing you can be sure of: The longer this lockout goes, the more of this type of stuff we'll see. Players are supposed to be on the daily grind of an NBA season by now. They're bored.

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