Will Yoder
Tuesday November 22nd, 2011

Free-agent center Tyson Chandler has turned down an offer to play basketball in China during the NBA lockout, according to ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth.

"I was considering it but I don't think I'm going to do it," Chandler told ESPN in a text message. "It was hard to turn down."

Chandler, 29, helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA championship over the Miami Heat last summer. In 74 games, he averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game on the veteran-laden Dallas squad. Chandler’s decision comes just days after NBA guard J.R. Smith injured himself in his first game with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. The former Denver Nuggets star signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Chinese team this fall in a similar fashion to other NBA players who have looked overseas for a paycheck during the NBA’s labor stoppage.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.