Tyson Chandler’s exits from the Dallas Mavericks
Despite Chandler being so crucial to the Mavs’ lone title season, he was allowed to walk that offseason via a sign-and-trade with the Knicks. Dallas, concerned with the new CBA, opted against paying what had been the missing piece to their championship aspirations.
They would eventually bring him back, of course, but not until the 2014-2015 season. While Chandler was still good, he was no longer at the height of his powers, which in turn made it a relatively easy decision to once more snub the greatest center in Mavericks history that offseason.
To be fair, Phoenix paid Tyson an obscene amount of money for the player he was at that stage of his career, but it left Chandler more than understandably miffed with the Mavs front office. They had twice acquired him, assured him he would be taken care of with a new deal, and then shrugged their shoulders when it came time to cut the check.
Perhaps for that reason above all, Tyson will never return to Dallas, but the offer is out there, thanks to new Mavs head coach Jason Kidd. Kidd, the point guard of that championship team, appears interested in bringing the gang back together as attempts to recruit both Tyson and backup guard turned Finals X-factor J.J. Barea to his staff. For the moment, it’s unclear if either man will accept the offer, though both would be tremendous additions.