NBA Rumors: Tyson Chandler Bolsters Nets Chances of Keeping Deron Williams

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 1, 2011

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 09:  Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks against LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat in Game Five of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center on June 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Tyson Chandler has voiced his displeasure with the Dallas Mavericks, while the New Jersey Nets are targeting him and Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario.

The Nets need to make signing Chandler a priority as such a deal would help help persuade star point guard Deron Williams to sign a contract extension.

Chandler, 29, is an outstanding defensive center who made the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2010-11. He averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a game. He also has a career 56.5 shooting percentage.

Even though Chandler's stats are not too impressive, he was a vital part in the Mavericks' NBA championship run last year. Chandler outplayed Oklahoma City Thunders' Kendrick Perkins and all of the Miami Heat's centers in the playoffs.

Chandler would be a much better option for the Nets than Nene. He is a better defender who knows what it takes to win a championship.

He will also want to play with Williams, an All-Star point guard. Chandler would probably relish the idea of doing pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pop plays with Williams.

Williams would be encouraged to stay in New Jersey with a signing such as Chandler, since it shows the Nets are committed to winning. The Nets would have an improved frontcourt as Kenyon Martin is playing overseas.

Having Chandler paired up with Williams also makes the Nets a way more attractive destination for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. Howard would probably push for a trade to New Jersey if Chandler were inked up to a deal.

The Nets are rumored in proposing a trade with the Magic for Howard. The trade would involve Nets center Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks.

Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov might have lost out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, but signing Chandler, while also possibly luring Howard, would make the Nets a dangerous team.