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Tyson Chandler says new labor deal could keep him from Mavs


The Dallas Mavericks’ title defense could take a real hit from the new NBA collective bargaining agreement.

Dallas is already over the salary cap wit $60 million in salary committed for next season, and they have multiple key free agents they want to re-sign — Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and J.J. Barea. The new punitive luxury tax will kick in around $70 million and Dallas will not be able to keep all it’s key role players. (Dallas had the third highest payroll in the league at $86 million last season.)

Chandler said the new labor deals may mean he cannot return to the Mavericks, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“With the collective bargaining agreement and some of the things that they’re trying to enforce, it would basically prohibit me from coming back,” Chandler told KESN-FM FM in Dallas. “It would take it out of my hands — and the organization’s — because it would almost be pretty much impossible for me to re-sign. I just think that can be the worst thing that can happen.”

“For years, the Lakers have been able to win championships and re-sign their players and keep them there so they can go out for another title,” Chandler said. “Now, to put that deal in place after we win ours, I don’t like it one bit.”

I don’t think you need reminding how key Chandler is to Dallas’ title run and chances. He is the big defender and rebounder in the middle that allows Dirk Nowitzki to do his thing. Adding him was key to their title run. Dallas has said brining him back is their top priority. But can they at a price he will accept?

This is what the new labor deal will bring — the stars are still going to get paid. You need a Nowitzki or a Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade or Tim Duncan to get a title (2004 Pistons excepted). The stars fill the building and make teams profitable. But to win a ring means having the right role players around those stars and that is going to be harder both to put together and keep together under the new CBA.

And I don’t think that’s good for the game. Good for profits for smaller markets, but not good for the game.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.