Chandler, Kidd reflect on Mavs break up

GREENBURGH -- Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler want to make one thing clear: they're both happy to be playing for the Knicks this season.

But Kidd and Chandler, both ex-Mavericks, believe that they could have done something special in Dallas if they decided to stay with Mark Cuban's club.

"I'm very happy with this situation, but to speak past tense I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up," Chandler said on Thursday. "But that's the business side of it; that's something the players can't control."

Chandler came to New York last year in a sign-and-trade that caught many off guard. Most initially believed the Mavericks would retain the free agent center, but they let him walk without making a competitive offer in part because they were gearing up to make a bid for big-name free agent last summer.

They didn't end up landing one, as Deron Williams re-signed with Brooklyn and Dwight Howard ended up in Los Angeles.

"I'm very happy with this situation," Chandler said on Thursday.

Jason Kidd was also expected to re-sign with Dallas.

He was reportedly prepared to sign a three-year, $9 million deal with the Mavs before backing out the next morning to accept essentially the same deal with the Knicks.

Cuban was livid with Kidd's decision.

"I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed," Cuban said in late August. "J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don't change your mind like that. That was ... yeah. I'm sure I'll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn't put J-Kidd's number in the rafters.

"It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else."

Kidd took Cuban's shot in stride.

"I don’t play for the jersey. I play for my teammates," he said earlier this week. "Cuban owns the team so he has every right to his opinion, but the one thing he can’t take away is a championship ring."

On Thursday, Kidd talked about the possibility of the Mavs repeating as champs last season had Chandler returned.

"You never know. In a shortened season anything is possible," he said. "That group of guys that we had was very special. If you asked every one they would have loved to keep that team together. But again, business gets in the way sometimes of a good thing and we didn’t have that opportunity.”