If Not Dwight Howard, How About Tyson Chandler? Nene?

Colin Stephenson reports that the Nets have interest in Tyson Chandler and the feeling is mutual. "Tyson Chandler, the free agent center who helped Dallas win the NBA title last spring, is 'interested' in the Nets, according to someone familiar with his thinking," Stephenson reports. Fred Kerber confirmed the mutual interest and quoted a source who called it "strong interest."

Meanwhile, in Dallas, Chandler is telling reporters he doesn't expect to be back with the Mavs, and wants to resolve his free agency soon.

"I would like this to be settled by early next week," Chandler said. "I want to be in camp with my new teammates as soon as possible."

Chris Broussard and Marc Stein report that "NBA front office sources list New Jersey, Golden State, Houston and Toronto as the teams chasing Chandler hardest." Broussard and Stein also quote sources as saying the Mavs don't have enough cap space to sign both Chandler and a 2012 star free agent, like Deron Williams. But they quote "one source close to Deron Williams" as saying it's unlikely that he would consider signing with the Mavericks unless he was joining both Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler.

Ken Berger reports that the Nets also reached out to the agent of restricted free agents Arron Afflalo and Luc Mbah a Moute. Williams, Chandler, Afflalo and Mbah a Moute are all clients of Jeff Schwartz. And Adrian Wojnarowski writes that the Nets are one of a few teams who "are strongly considering offers for Knicks free-agent forward Shawne Williams." Finally (we think) Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld says the Nets were among those calling Jamal Crawford's camp Wednesday.

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