Tyson Chandler prepared to recruit Carmelo to Dallas

Recently traded center Tyson Chandler said Thursday he will try to recruit Knicks free agent and former teammate Carmelo Anthony to the Dallas Mavericks (ESPN, June 26).

“Dallas isn’t a bad place to be. It’s a great opportunity, and clearly we’ve done it in the past,” said Chandler, who played with the team during its 2010-11 title run. “It’s not a hard place to sell. I’m going to do whatever it takes.”

After being the focal point of a six-player trade that sent him to his second stint with the Mavericks, Chandler is ready to facilitate another player acquisition for his new team.

“Absolutely, I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team and the organization,” Chandler said. “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 your family and what’s best for you career-wise.”

Anthony is expected to visit Dallas, Chicago, and Houston once free agency begins on July 1.

Chandler said he has a good relationship with Anthony after playing together on Team USA and in New York the past three seasons, though he knows it ultimately comes down to personal decisions in free agency.

“As far as me recruiting him and telling him this, this and that, he already knows,” Chandler said. “He already knows what’s coming, but if he has questions for me about the organization or any of the players that I played with that are there now, I’m more than willing to answer.”




94 comments
ronzo
ronzo

Oh ok....Dirk is very cool but I gave my thumbs up to Phil to get rid of the two of you...sure, I'll join Dallas for less.


brookdon
brookdon

I think this trade hurt Dallas's chances at Melo more than anything. He played with these guys last season. He's not going to do it again, especially Felton.

barnaby87
barnaby87

I honestly think we're going to try packaging Shump and Larkin to a team with cap space to rid ourselves of Stoudemire. 

theking
theking

lol im sure melo is thrilled with the thought of teaming up with chandler and felton again

j_spikett
j_spikett

i dont understand why master phil didn't draft taveras. he is a 7'3" 265lb monster with a 7' 9" wingspan and averaged 13 rebounds in the top spanish league. he is only 22 and is mobile as well. do the knicks not need a center who can rebound and block shots yes they do

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

As I stated earlier, I don't follow college basketball like many here but based on your comments, we had a great night and a great trade. I don't remember having two good days in a row as Knicks fan.

The critics are saying that we are rebuilding, the middle ground is calling it retooling, and I am going to follow Phil and say that we are building.

We are definitely building a winning culture here. We are thinking present and future.

Most of the players we are acquiring  are athletic, good shooters and with a huge upside. No more of this slow down motown ISO, hard to watch basketball that good players don't want to be part of. We are replacing it with a HIP HOP, high flying transition basketball and in your face total team defense. I can wait to see this brand of basketball

Also, we are looking into the future by using the Westchester D League to acquire and mold young players with the right culture and basketball acumen.

I can't wait to see more moves from Phil

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Chandler's pitch to Melo - " Yooo melo my man, you should come to Dallas and check out my new photographs "

barnaby87
barnaby87

Just looking at center option.  If we don't sign one, i'd personally be open to giving the birdman the mini-MLE (assuming we can't get the full MLE or lure a guy like Gasol here).  Him and Dalembert would be two serviceable big men to rotate in with Aldrich.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

I see TKB is driving the bus with Tyson Chandler underneath it. Not very classy, if you ask me and you didn't. Chandler came in and solidified our defense in his first two seasons. Last year was a disaster. We have certainly downgraded with Dalembert, who is a journeyman at this point in his career. He will be with his 6th team in 6 seasons and hasn't played more than 25 minutes, since 2007-08. Hopefully Phil has plans for Cole Aldrich or we will be seeing Bargnani and STAT anchoring the defense for half the game.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@brookdon  then it's a good thing...who wants a trade where they don't benefit...Phil did real well on this one.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

Felton is going to be on the bench in Dallas. They can move Monta Ellis over to handle the ball, with Devin Harris as a backup. They are going to sell Melo on playing with Dirk, Chandler, VC, and Ellis. Plus, Cuban may have lots of side business opportunities for Melo.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@barnaby87 Unless that is to sign Lebron, its not a smart idea. If they cna't sign Lebron, you shouldn't rid yourselves of movable pieces now. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Tony Fonseca 

Right now, we have only STAT, Shump, JR, and Prigioni left from our 54-28 team. Jose Calderon is probably the best player on the roster, unless you want to give the nod to JR. We have lost 2, possibly 3, of our starters for last season. How would one define rebuilding?

mrdullah
mrdullah

Sorta like he did with his coach and team mates?

lindro88
lindro88

@Knicks_Fanatic  Chandler seemed to have an awful lot to say last season.  Besides a month or so stretch where he was playing at high level, he was horrible.  I don't think people are throwing him under the bus, he wanted to be traded and he got his wish.  If Melo is going to excited about going to Dallas to reunite with Chandler, I'd be pretty surprised.

1harris1
1harris1

Whatever with Chandler. No hard feelings. Good luck to him in Dallas.

knickfan2
knickfan2

Some people honestly believe that Dalembert is better than Aldrich.

Chris
Chris

@Knicks_Fanatic @brookdon Sell Melo on playing with Chandler? He quit on Melo in NY, Melo okayed his trade, like he still wants to play with the stiff

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@Knicks_Fanatic  We also have Tim Jr...so we have quite a few coming back...those are signed players and most teams only have about 6 or 7 signed players after each season so that's not uncommon.  My guess is that MELO will be back and now we have pieces that will help him to an extent, but I suspect 2015 will be the year we bring in another piece that will get us over the hump.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

If Jose Calderon is our best player we are in big trouble!!

1harris1
1harris1

We haven't "lost" Carmelo yet. Felton is brutal. The only starter of consequence that we've definitively lost is Chandler, and it was probably in everybody's best interests that he be traded.

Have to see how this plays out, as the season doesn't start tomorrow. Should be interesting as always.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@Knicks_Fanatic @Tony Fonseca  You can make a case among all three. I guess it is the eye of the beholder. I am not concern about that. I think we are going to play an attractive brand of basketball..

denelor
denelor

@Knicks_Fanatic @Tony Fonseca I love people that try to make judgments mid-offseason.  


We have no idea if this is a rebuild, a "build or simply retooling (to use Tony's 3 words). We won't know until the off season completes.  



Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

He is! Aldrich is a big plodder! Plays very hard and crashes boards which will give him a solid role but Aldrich is not a quality starting center in this league.

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@knickfan2

Carlisle called Dalembert out at season's beginning for arriving out-of-shape.  He still got his 20 min/game, though he overslept practices, shoot-arounds, and workouts.  Mavs were happy to offload him for Tyson.


Probably a nice guy personally, but not a fan of having that work ethic in the Knicks' lockerroom.

lindro88
lindro88

@knickfan2  Dalembert actually played very well last season. Give him 20 minutes a night and he can be effective. 

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@Kenny Kaufman  please, you are a better judge than that...JR and STAT are established veterans that have produced...so Calderon is not the best player on the current roster.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@1harris1  we have not lost him but he is not in our roster ad of today... Let Melo do his thing as he deserves to experience FA if that was his dream. Either way, he stays or he leaves, we are moving forward...

Chris
Chris

@Kenny Kaufman Pau? Amarie, Cole, Tyler, Bargs play center by committee don`t forget Lamar is detoxing. There are bigs to be traded for bigs if we include some guards

theking
theking

@BigChiefTriangle @knickfan2  6 ppg 7 boards 1.2 blk 20 mpg 4 mill

8ppg 9 boards 1.0 blk 32 mpg 15 mill


I would take dalembert every day of the week over chandler

knickfan2
knickfan2

@bigchieftriangle yeah, he's a career underachiever. He's still serviceable, but the younger, hungrier Aldrich should be our starting center moving forward (assuming it comes down to Samuel & Cole in training camp).

knickfan2
knickfan2

@lindro I agree with giving him 20 minutes a night...as a backup.

I'm willing to wager that if Cole is given the opportunity, he will be quite effective. The few games last season when he was granted significant playing time, he managed a few double-doubles, games where he had 3-5 blocks with double digit rebounding. He's a 25 year old physical, 7 footer and can rebound and play above average D.

Sadly, he's been backing up Kendrick Perkins & Chandler his whole career, and Scott Brooks and Woodson played their vets over Aldrich.

Give him the playing time, and you'll all see, we have our starting center.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

@OLDKNICK @Chris @Knicks_Fanatic @brookdon  Phil said it clearly...wanted to remove some players to bring in some that have character...Chandler was a baby and most power forwards in the league feasted on him.  He was never guarded in the perimeter because he couldn't shoot a 10-15 footer to save his life, something that hampered the ability of our guys to penetrate and score. Glad you're back home Chandler, enjoy the scenery.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knickfan2  @bigchieftriangle I am super ok with both two competing at the 5 spot. Specially for the amount we have allocated to them on which is THREE times less than chandler's contract alone... Cole + Dalembert>Chandler.

Tony Fonseca
Tony Fonseca

@knickfan2  @lindro It is time to turn on the page guys. Chandler doe not have much in the tank and is a bad contract. It is time to give young blood opportunity to show what they have. You are not missing much

lindro88
lindro88

@knickfan2  I'm not caught up in who starts.  I'm going to have faith in Phil an his choice of  Fisher as the HC. I'm just glad that we don't have to watch Woodson manage a game anymore.

lindro88
lindro88

@Knicks_Fanatic @lindro88 @knickfan2  Just a useful player.  I don't understand anyone knocking him. The Mavs had a big season for a reason.  He was part of that rotation and certainly can be a part of ours. 

perezfootball
perezfootball

What? If u wanna be honest half of the guys r only in nba because of height. Tyson struggled last yr and was not worth his contract but don't make it like he's a no talent bum that's gonna be easily replaceable.. Y cuz Aldrich played OK in mostly garbage mins now he's the future?

knickfan2
knickfan2

Chandler lost the motivation to compete. I'm not upset that he along with his contract are gone.

lindro88
lindro88

@Knicks_Fanatic @Tony Fonseca @lindro88 @knickfan2  Got to admit, Chandler had a miserable season.  He also had quite a bit to say.  I'm sure he'll play better in Dallas if he can stay healthy.  Everyone knows he's better than Dalembert.  I just think people expected a lot more from him last season. 

lindro88
lindro88

@Knicks_Fanatic @Tony Fonseca @lindro88 @knickfan2  Chandler didn't play like any of those guys last year.  He had a good stretch during the second half of the season, but other than that, he was terrible.  Unless he was playing injured, he wasn't playing hard.  I get the fact that he hated Woodson's system, but that was the system he was asked to play.  IMO he parlayed a great postseason into a huge contract and a reputation for being a better player than he really is. At least the player I watched the majority of his time here.  Don't get me wrong, he's better than Samuel Dalembert, but that's not really saying much.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Tony Fonseca @Knicks_Fanatic @lindro88 @knickfan2 

You do know that Hibbert averaged 13.3 ppg and 10.3 boards against the Knicks and an injured Chandler. That's not exactly a dominating performance. He was a 4th leading scorer for Indy. JR shot 29% from the field and 23% from deep and he gets a pass.
BTW, Hibbert averaged 22.1 ppg against the Heat in the next round.