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Bucks hoping relationship with Jason Kidd lures Tyson Chandler

Milwaukee has interest in signing the free agent center.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks are still interested in free agent center Tyson Chandleraccording to Ken Burger of CBS Sports.

Chandler has ties to head coach Jason Kidd, both as teammates with the New York Knicks in the 2012-13 season and through a shared agent, Jeff Schwartz. While the Dallas Mavericks are still candidates to retain Chandler, who loves Dallas, they are also pursuing center DeAndre Jordan. If Jordan chooses Dallas this summer, then Chandler will move on.

In Milwaukee, Chandler could provide a stabilizing veteran force at center around a young nucleus. The Bucks have John Henson, Zaza Pachulia and Miles Plumlee under contract, but none of the three stand out from the rest. Now 32, Chandler is better suited to play fewer than 30 minutes a night, which still leaves minutes for one of those three to earn a valuable backup center role.

If the Los Angeles Clippers lose Jordan, however, they could push for a sign-and-trade involving Chandler so they don't go home empty-handed. The Mavericks could ditch Raymond Felton's contract (worth about $4 million) by making that trade, so it may come down to which team Chandler would prefer to play for.