The Dallas Mavericks need a center. They finally found one in Tyson Chandler, who helped them win the 2011 NBA Title, and then unthinkably let him walk away. They offered him a huge one year deal, so they could hold onto their cap security but he choose a longer contract with the New York Knicks.
The Mavericks missed on center Dwight Howard, which has them scrambling for ‘Plan B.’
The Mavericks are feeling out former Indiana Pacer Jermaine O’Neal, who is 35 years old, and who exceled under now Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavericks are also considering Andrew Bynum, who is 25 years old, but has huge knee problems. Bynum missed all of last season with injury.
But the Dallas Mavericks have always been ahead of the curve in terms of medical techniques. Whether it is the team psychiatrist or cyrotherapy. Their medical staff, headlined by Team USA athletic trainer Casey Smith and Dr. T.O. Souryal, is considered to be the best in the league.
Their medical staff helped rejuvenate Tyson Chandler’s career after two injury riddled seasons. And that medical staff and the Tyson Chandler example could be an integral part of the Dallas Mavericks pursuit of Andrew Bynum.
With their limited cap space available, the Mavs could offer Bynum up to a four-year, $45 million deal. To give him more would require some financial tinkering from the front office.