- Created on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 03:30
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News
The deal comes just hours after the Mavericks had made a decision to pursue Shaquille O'Neal. That free-agent deal appears to be off the board. Chandler is a 7-1 center who has struggled in Charlotte after a couple of solid seasons in New Orleans when he paired nicely with point guard Chris Paul.
"We could not be more excited to add Tyson Chandler," said general manager/president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson in a statement. "He is one of the most versatile big men in the league today. He gives our front line a defensive, shot-blocking, athletic punch we haven’t had here in awhile. Alexis Ajinca is a fine young center with significant upside."
The Mavericks had been analyzing ways to add another big man. Chandler would represent a significant financial bite for owner Mark Cuban, since this season is fully guaranteed at more than $12 million.
In a Tweet, Cuban announced: "Welcome to the Mavs Tyson Chandler and Alex Ajinca!"
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