Together Again? Ex-Knick Tyson Chandler Plans To Recruit Carmelo Anthony
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tyson Chandler has a new home in Dallas.
Of course, this isn’t the first go-round in Texas for the big man. The 7-foot-1 center won his lone championship with the Mavericks in 2011.
Chandler wants nothing more than to win another title, and who can help get him to the promised land?
You guessed it — none other than Carmelo Anthony, who opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks and is set to become a free agent.
Anthony has been linked to Mark Cuban’s squad — the Bulls, Lakers, Rockets and Heat have also been rumored to covet the dynamic scorer — and Chandler plans to help recruit the 2013 NBA scoring champion to Big D.
“Absolutely, I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team and the organization,” Chandler told reporters on a conference call a day after Phil Jackson dealt him to the Mavs. “At the end of the day, free agency is kind of an individual thing. And I know that I was once there and it comes down to your family and what’s best for you career-wise.
“But I’ll tell you one thing: Dallas isn’t a bad place to be. It’s a great opportunity, and clearly we’ve done it in the past. It’s not a hard place to sell. I’m going to do whatever it takes.”
Jackson traded Chandler and embattled point guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks on Wednesday for José Calderón, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and two second-round draft picks.
The second-round draft picks ended up being small forwards Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.
Jackson and new head coach Derek Fisher are hoping that Anthony will return to Manhattan for a fifth season, but he may decide to take less money and sign with a contender.
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