Chad Ford reported today that Tyson Chandler is “seriously considering” exercising his early termination option, thus forfeiting the $12.6 owed by the Bobcats for this final year. It may seem odd at first glance because Chandler won’t get that much in the open market, but he’s probably looking for a long-term deal while the market is hot.
Anycrap, the reason I mention this is because Ford mentioned the Thunder as a potential landing spot for Chandler.
Now that the injury is behind him, Chandler is looking to seize an opportunity. With so many teams under the luxury tax next season and only five or six top tier free agents out there, a number of teams are going to be left with lots of money to spend this summer. Not everyone can land LeBron or Dwyane Wade. The other thing working in Chandler’s favor is that there aren’t really any true centers in free agency this summer and a number of teams with cap space including the Thunder, Knicks, Timberwolves, Wizards and Heat need a center badly.
Now $10 million a year for four years isn’t that bad for Chandler, but with the ever-developing Serge Ibaka who plays similar to Chandler, I wonder if Chandler’s price would be too high, coupled with the fact he wants multiple years PLUS his past injury issues. But keep in mind, Chandler is just 27 and should have some good years in front of him. I’m open to the idea, but as always, the price (plus the length of the deal) has to be right (four years, $34 million or something?). But that’s just kind of the disclaimer you slap on any potential signing.