Tyson Chandler Tops Warriors’ List

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HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Tyson Chandler has been in high demand before.

It’s been a while, probably all the way back to when he was a high school star, that he’s experienced at its current levels. But he’s familiar with the recruiting game. And in a free agent season where the true, franchise-changing players are rare, Chandler stands out.

That’s probably why you’ve seen his name associated with so many different teams as Friday, the first day players can sign contracts and offer sheets with teams, approaches.

Having already made clear that his chances of returning to Dallas for an encore title chase are slim, acquiring Chandler has become the primary focus for the Golden State Warriors, (who are busy trying to figure out a way to land his old New Orleans Hornets teammate, Chris Paul, as well).

New Warriors coach Mark Jackson had a front row seat for the defensive showcase Chandler put on during The Finals and knows what a difference a defensive stalwart can make for an offensive-minded bunch set on transforming itself into a playoff outfit. There’s also the matter of having an elder statesmen, of sorts, to help guide his young crew.

The entire organization, from the front office to young stars, seem to agree that Chandler would be the perfect fit in Oakland. Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle provides some details:

It would take some major roster finagling, but the Warriors’ front office is aggressively studying all of the requisite moves to make the signing a possibility. Also, the team’s best players seem to be in support of the bold changes that could open salary space for Chandler.

“It’d be huge,” said point guard Stephen Curry, who spent six weeks with Chandler on the USA Basketball team last summer. “He’s a game-changer down low. That’s a coveted role that a lot of teams want to add to their roster.

“If he’s a guy who puts a Warriors’ jersey on, it’d be a huge addition.” …

The bidding among a weak free-agent class is going to be especially high for Chandler, who is widely credited with changing the defensive culture of the Dallas Mavericks, helping to turn them into NBA champions last season. Chandler is expected to get $12 million to $15 million a season over a four-year deal.

That in itself would be way outside the Warriors’ price range, but general manager Larry Riley said there are ways to free up that much cap space. After they sign their three rookies (Klay Thompson, Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins), the Warriors will have about $6 million in cap space. They then would have to use the amnesty clause on Charlie Bell, paying the waived guard $4 million but not counting his salary against the cap, and trade center Andris Biedrins‘ three-year, $27 million contract without taking much salary in return.

It’ll take some salary-cap creativity and some serious behind-the-scenes work to get it done, obviously. But the Warriors, with their new front office structure and the addition of Jerry West, should have all the tools needed to make something happen.

If Chandler and Paul both find their way to Oakland, the best fans in the league will once again have (the makings of) a team worthy of their devotion.

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22 Comments

  1. Max. W says:

    It seems like up till now the only names involved with the Knicks have been CP3, Superman, and Grant Hill. Now it seems like Tyson Chandler is going to end up in the Big Apple. Although, he’s not a superstar like Cp3 or Dwight Howard he is the key to the Knicks’ success. Let’s examine why they are the match made in heaven.

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  2. FRED28 says:

    Best fans in the league, no they have the most disposable income in the nation. So they can sell out, attendance does not equal best fans.

  3. dimple says:

    I GOT A TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR A PLAYER WHEN I USED TYSON CHANDLER (WHO’S STILL PLAYING FOR THE BULLS) IN THE NBA 2007 (I THINK), AND I NEVER GOT ANY TRIPLE-DOUBLE FROM THERE ON… SO I CAME THOUGHT CHANDLER IS A LITTLE SPECIAL… AND NOW HE IS BEING TARGETED BY TEAMS… LOL

  4. goldenstateallday says:

    trade either monta or curry for paul.

    sign TC.

    put together a pckage of TC and Monta for Dwight.

    Champions.

    GET ER DONE LACOB AND CREW

  5. james says:

    Tyson Chandler is an younger version of Hakem Olajuwon.
    Is Dallas management brain dead?

    • BIGmatta says:

      A younger version of Hakeem…please.Put the pipe down, Tyson is 1/10th the center Hakeem was. Hakeems a goddam top 5 center of all-time. That is the most ridiculous statement I’ve heard in a long time.

  6. rich says:

    Tyson is in a differnet mindset as the other free agent or would-be free agent. He already has a ring so he might go for better pay this time than chase another championship; unlike in the case of Paul and Howard and Nene.
    Although very unlikely, I still like to see him in a Mavs uniform so they will have a chance to repeat.

  7. Ralph Ronald says:

    chandler . from a championship team to the warriors ? why ? didnt you enjoy winning ? lol . its all about the money .

  8. Joshua says:

    As long as the team can defeat Miami Heat,…im good :) chandler stay in dallas !

  9. Ralph Ronald says:

    yeah . i think tha mavs wont repeat if tyson is playing elsewhere . just saying .

  10. Ralph Ronald says:

    mavs without tyson ?. i dont think brendan can be as effective as tyson was last season. will the mavs really let tyson go ?? damn . well . go warriors !

    • Jace says:

      Mavs without Tyson means Mavs arent gonna be a good defending team. they will lose Butler also and JJ. due to the free agency. I think Mavs need to try and get Tyson. if not they will not even be as good as last year. Tyson was a big help in the NBA finals. I hope Tyson will go to Warriors. with him he can help them become a better defending team. go Tyson!

  11. Mark says:

    Dream on Warriors!! Chandler ain’t signing with u guys, hes not going to a bad team that plays no defence at all

  12. Samuel says:

    I believe Tyson Chandler is a good fit for the Warriors. Biedrins can back Chandler up. imagine Chandler, Lee, Wright, Ellis and Curry or Paul, this is a potential playoff team in the Western Conference.

    • lol says:

      They have the potential but they will not make it out of the first round.

      Their backcourt combination of Ellis and Curry are entertaining and can pack quite an offensive punch but their lack of size will be a major disadvantage for them along with their lack of defense (admit it, Ellis has never played defense in his life).

      They will definitely need to trade either Curry or Ellis eventually and develop Klay Thompson but most importantly, play some DEFENSE. Bringing Chandler will really help their frontcourt but defense is a team committment so they will really have to be on the same page (I’m looking at YOU Ellis/D.Lee)

      • Sammy says:

        big man talking all this junk with your name “lol” but agreed ellis is going to be moved if they make a run for dwight in a trade. they may hint the idea of getting cp3 but curry is meant to be the new franchise guy so that won’t happen. either they use him + others for dwight bait or trade for a taller SG like iggy or rudy gay who is kind of out of the loop in memphis

  13. Matthew says:

    Chandler is a beast but he is injury prone. He is due for another injury actually. I bet he only plays half of the shortened season.

  14. Tom says:

    Ellis, Biedrins, Udoh and Draft Pick for Howard?

    • lol says:

      I’m pretty sure the Magic would rather take the LA offer of Bynum + others. Ellis really isnt a good fit at Orlando as jameer is a shoot first point guard. Also why would they take the terrible contract of Biedrins when they already have another two in Arenas and Turkoglu?

    • Jerry says:

      I like how the first ocmment is a trade for dwight. he wasnt even mentioned at all in this blog. can we not let Chandler have some credit? he was the backbone of the mavs last season and the heart of their defense. shut up about dwight if hes not even mentioned in the damn thing.