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.”