DALLAS – As a courtesy, center Tyson Chandler contacted small forward Carmelo Anthony this past summer to gauge his interest in signing a free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Anthony and Chandler played the past three seasons with the New York Knicks. So, after Chandler was traded to the Mavs on June 25, he wouldn’t have mind at all if Anthony could have joined him in Dallas.
So how strong was Chandler’s pitch to Anthony?
"It wasn’t strong,’’ he said after Monday’s practice at American Airlines Center. "I didn’t ever think he was going to leave (the Knicks), but I talked to him because it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t.
"I talked to him, but I never thought he was going anywhere.’’
Some two weeks after Dallas acquired Chandler, Anthony did visit the Mavs on a free agency recruiting trip. But the seven-time All-Star eventually re-signed with the Knicks.
"I made a pitch, but I don’t think he ever was going to leave New York,’’ Chandler said. "I thought if anywhere he was going it was to the (Los Angeles) Lakers.
"But when the Lakers didn’t have a strong enough roster to tempt him, I didn’t think he was going to leave.’’