While Dirk Nowitzki received the credit for the Dallas Mavericks’ ascend to the NBA Finals championship last season, it was center Tyson Chandler and his work in the low post that was really the difference between a quick playoff exit and going all the way.
Chandler, a free agent, is looking for a lucrative long-term deal and he told ESPN.com that it doesn’t seem it will come from Dallas.
"I really think I'm going to be on a new team come training camp," Chandler said. "I'm really taking a hard look at all of my options, trying to see what best suits me."
If the Mavericks don’t sign Chandler, he and Nene Hilario of the Denver Nuggets will be the best unrestricted free agent big men on the market when the signing period is slated to begin Dec. 9. Houston, Golden State, Toronto and New Jersey are believed to the teams most interested but that list could grow as it appears less and less likely Chandler will remain in Dallas.
"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."
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