Sam SpiegelmanTo Mark Cuban, Tyson Chandler was the one that got away.
With that being said, Cuban aims to make amends for his mistake and will try to re-acquire Chandler from the Knicks this summer, according to ESPN.
Via insider Marc Stein:
The most interesting whisper, at this early stage, is that the Mavs intend to be at the front of the line to try to reacquire Tyson Chandler should the Knicks make their defensive anchor available via trade.
Letting Chandler go remains the most fiercely debated aspect of Cuban’s decision to break up the Mavs’ championship team, but word is they’ll indeed pursue what many will regard as an overdue reunion.
It is unknown whether Phil Jackson will make Chandler available this summer. He has another year remaining on his current deal, but said during the regular season he does not want to be a part of another rebuilding project.
“I definitely don’t want to waste another season,’’ Chandler told the NY Post. “I don’t want to waste this season. “I’m not into wasting seasons. Your time is too short in this league and I want to win a championship, another one. I’m not into wasting seasons.’’
Perhaps Chandler will change his tune if Carmelo Anthony opts to stay in New York. Or perhaps he’ll make a plea to Jackson to send him back to Dallas if ‘Melo walks and the team does undergo a roster overhaul.