Four years after he left the Dallas Mavericks for the New York Knicks, center Tyson Chandler finds himself in a similar situation.
Chandler will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and has a strong desire to continue playing for the Mavericks.
But at what price?
Chandler, who earned $14.6 million this past season, averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. But he’s 32 years old and might be asked to give the Mavs a hometown discount if he hopes to remain in Dallas.
“Nothing’s ever for certain,” Chandler said. “That’s the whole thing about the summertime. You just have to see how it plays out.”
Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris are the only players who have a contract for next season, although the Mavericks can pick up the team option on forward Dwight Powell’s contract. And they can make center Bernard James a qualifying offer.
But Chandler was the dominant defensive player for the Mavericks, who were 50-32 and eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Houston Rockets. Guard Monta Ellis can opt out of his contract, while forward Al-Farouq Aminu — a bright spot in the second half of the season and in the playoffs — has said he will opt out of his contract so he can receive a more lucrative long-term contract.
Chandler just doesn’t want to experience what he experienced in the off-season of 2011 when the business of basketball forced him to play for the Knicks.
“I think management will do a job of bringing the right personnel here —they always have throughout the years,” Chandler said. “I think they’ll have opportunities.
“I think this summer they have flexibility, maybe more than they’ve had in the past. So being a good organization and a good city, you have opportunities with free agents, but you kind of have to see how it plays out.”
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Mavericks’ roster status
G J. J. Barea: Unrestricted free agent whose speed and quickness are assets.
C Tyson Chandler: Unrestricted free agent might need to give the Mavs a hometown discount to stay
G Monta Ellis: Has $8.72 million player option next season but likely to opt out for pay increase.
G Raymond Felton: Player option pays him $3.95 million next year. He will likely opt in and return.
G Devin Harris: Under contract for the next two seasons with a team option for 2017-18.
C/F Bernard James: Mavs can make a qualifying offer to him next season for $1.18 million.
F Richard Jefferson: Unrestricted free agent was a solid fill-in for Chandler Parsons.
F Dirk Nowitzki: Under contract for next year with a player option for 2016-17.
F Chandler Parsons: Under contract for next season and has a player option for 2016-17.
F Dwight Powell: Mavs can pick up his option next season for $845,059.
G Rajon Rondo: Unrestricted free agent will not return to Mavs.
C Greg Smith: Unrestricted free agent made little progress and likely won’t return.
C/F Amar’e Stoudemire: Unrestricted free agent and great locker room guy.
F Charlie Villanueva: Unrestricted free agent; status up in the air.