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Tyson Chandler's Comments Are Not Encouraging

Tyson Chandler has done just a few interviews since the Mavericks' championship parade, and he's made it pretty clear that he wants to let his agent take the point on the process. That means that the Mavericks won't be getting a sweatheart deal. Henry Abbott caught up with him and asked him about his contract talks with Dallas right after the Finals.

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In late June, after the title, the Mavericks had a period when they could have negotiated a new contract with you before the lockout. What happened?

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We talked about getting something done before the lockout, but it just didn't happen. ... we were so far apart, we might as well not have even met.

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Given that, whenever an NBA labor deal is finally reached, free agency will probably remind us a good deal of the wild period we just saw in the NFL, the Mavericks face quite an uneasy time as they try to retain their one must-sign free agent.

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