Carmelo Anthony's future remains in doubt after having opted out of his contract with the New York Knicks.
But as the seven-time All-Star prepares to visit several NBA teams in the coming weeks before deadline day July 10, one of his teammates from last season is trying to recruit him to pastures new.
Tyson Chandler recently returned to the Dallas Mavericks from New York after three years away, and the center was more than happy when asked about recruiting Carmelo Anthony to join him in Texas:
"Absolutely, I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team and the organization," came Chandler response on the possibility of using his friendship with Melo to bring him on board.
"At the end of the day, free agency is kind of an individual thing. And I know that I was once there and it comes down to your family and what's best for you career-wise," Chandler said Friday.
And it sounded like his sales pitch had already begun as he continued, perhaps hoping Melo had sneaked into the interview:
"I'll tell you one thing: Dallas isn't a bad place to be. It's a great opportunity, and clearly we've done it in the past. It's not a hard place to sell. I'm going to do whatever it takes."
Melo's in demand
Chandler was part of the Mavericks roster as the franchise won the NBA title back in 2011, and despite tailing off in recent seasons, they have at least tasted success more recently that Anthony and the Knicks.
With the shooting guard having intermitted that he wants to be on a team challenging for a title next season Dallas are certainly in the running.
The player himself is expected to visit numerous NBA franchises including the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Dallas Mavericks themselves before making his decision. Whilst he could also opt to stay in New York if Knicks' president Phil Jackson can convince him of it's merits.
The pull of Chandler may give the Mavericks a slight edge however, with one source recently telling ESPNDallas that the big man's arrival has greatly improved the team's chances of recruiting Melo this offseason.
"As far as me recruiting him and telling him this and that, he already knows," said Chandler.
"He already knows what's coming, but if he has questions for me about the organization or any of the players that I played with that are there now, I'm more than willing to answer."
2014 Free Agency class
Anthony joins LeBron James as the two huge names in the 2014 free agency class, and the Mavericks are said to be interested in both All-Star regulars.
Whilst both players have kept their cards relatively close to their chest since revealing their decisions to opt out at their respective franchises, Anthony did discuss the factors that go into making the key career decision in a recent interview.
Off the court factors dominated the specifications, with family happiness atop the list for the veteran star .
But according to his former Knicks teammate at least, Melo can find that and a chance at a deep playoff run in Dallas.
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