Free agency begins to get serious this week as teams can talk directly with players starting at 9 a.m. (CT) Monday.
As ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Sunday, center Tyson Chandler plans Tyson Chandler plans to meet face-to-face this week with officials from the New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks Southwest Division rival Houston Rockets.
The Mavs have five other free agents that can also begin to meet with other suitors. One of those is DeShawn Stevenson, who has upward of a dozen teams express interest in signing the veteran, hard-nosed shooting guard. To begin the paring-down process, Stevenson will engage in a series of conference calls with interested teams throughout Monday, agent Mark Bartelstein said on Sunday. The Mavs have made their interest in re-signing Stevenson known through Bartelstein.
It's uncertain if J.J. Barea or Caron Butler will have face-to-face meetings with any of their suitors. Barea has drawn interest from the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings, according to a source close to that situation. Butler has interest from at least a half-dozen teams, including the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and New Jersey Nets.