The Dallas Mavericks are heading into another offseason with a ton of cap space and looking for that star player to give it all to. On Wednesday, ahead of the draft on Thursday night, the Mavericks made a move to bring New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler back to the team.
The move was brilliant for two reasons, it addresses a major need on the roster and it gives them an insider with one of the free agents they covet, Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Having played with Carmelo in New York, Chandler has a direct line of access to Carmelo and a unique position to talk to Carmelo about coming to Dallas. Chandler said he’d do what it takes to help get Carmelo, or any free agents, to Dallas.
“Absolutely I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team and the organization,” Chandler said, via the Dallas Morning News. “At the end of the day free agency is kind of an individual thing. It comes down to your family and what’s best….but I’ll tell you one thing, Dallas isn’t a bad place. It’s not a hard place to sell. I’m going to do whatever I can.
“The organization, the culture, the winning mentality, knowing what to expect – that’s key for a player because that’s how you flourish and ultimately as a team that’s how you win. Clearly, that’s what San Antonio did this year and what we did a couple years back. That culture is here in Dallas. It’s self-explanatory.”