If and when the NBA lockout is resolved, a free agency frenzy will ensue, somewhat like what we saw with the NFL this summer after it sorted out its own work stoppage.
That being said, Chandler will probably have a nice pay-day coming his way. A couple competitors, including the Miami Heat, could certainly use a center.
So, will the Mavericks be able to keep Chandler at a reasonable price?
J.J. Barea is also a free agent, and with Jason Kidd only getting older, Barea may be considered more important to retain.
Here are three reasons why the Mavericks need to keep Chandler if they wish to repeat as NBA champions.