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Tyson Chandler still keeping his options open

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DALLAS, TX - JUNE 16: Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after the Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade at American Airlines Center on June 16, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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You hear how a lot of teams would like a shot blocking, rebound machine like Tyson Chandler in the paint for them.

Well, why get a player “like” Chandler when you can get Chandler himself — he will be a free agent. Well, once we get to free agency after the annoying lockout.

The Mavericks have made it a top priority to bring him back, but for obvious reasons (they like winning). But Chandler is wisely saying he is going to play the field, whenever he gets the chance to play the field. That’s what he told ESPN Dallas.

“It’s a great point in my career, and I’m coming up under free agency and there’s a lot of great teams out there, a lot of great opportunities out there, a lot of up-and-building things,” Chandler said Tuesday in a phone interview. “So, I mean, I’ve got to take a look at all that. I’ve got to take everything into consideration, and the good thing is I’m on a good side. I’m coming off an incredible year, so it’s not a situation where it’s worrisome.”

Translation: “I’m going to get paid.”

Smart money says he ends up back with the Mavericks, but because we don’t know what the rules will be anything could happen. So Chandler will play the field.