DALLAS _ New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler told an ESPN reporter in New York that the Dallas Mavericks wanted to sign him and other players to one-year contracts so they can concentrate on the 2012 free agency class.
Asked about that after today’s practice, guard Jason Terry said: “I don’t care what Tyson’s saying or what he’s doing right now. He’s not a Maverick, so it is what it is.’’
Chandler was the huge defensive presence the Mavs used to win last year’s NBA title. But when he couldn’t come to terms with the Mavs on a new contract, he bolted for the Knicks.
Terry noted that it didn’t take long for it to sink in that Chandler, JJ Barea, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler would not be returning to give the Mavs an honest chance at repeating at champs.
“After you knew (Chandler) wasn’t coming back, it was over,’’ Terry said. “Again, we have a totally different team this year.
“We’re searching right now for an identity for this particular ballclub, and we know that’s going to take some time. But again, winning cures all, and watching on film definitely helps, because each person can be accountable and see where they can make an impact on the game.’’
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