Mark Cuban thinks former Mavs center Tyson Chandler has a ‘right to be salty’

Why does Tyson Chandler have a reason to be upset with the Mavericks?
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What originally appeared to be a long-lasting reunion between Tyson Chandler and the Dallas Mavericks was awfully short lived.  

Chandler was part of the Mavericks championship team in 2011, and was reacquired last season for a second stint with the team. While it was expected that Chandler would remain with the Mavericks, despite his free agent status this offseason, it didn't work out that way. 

Because of that, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says Chandler, who signed in free agency with the Phoenix Suns, has a right to be upset about how everything played out.  

Here's what Cuban told ESPN 103.3 FM in a recent interview:  

“I didn't think it would get to that point,” Cuban said of the 33-year-old Chandler's departure from Dallas. “We actually tried to have discussions right at the start of the year about an extension and it kind of just died on the vine. His agent didn't really take it anywhere, and I was the first to say 'If you don't want to take it right now, we'll try to figure something out at the end of the year,' because I realized that by waiting that gave Tyson an extra year.

“Then the opportunity for DeAndre came along and we were pretty straightforward. Tyson or his agent gave us the ultimatum before the decision was made. He said he wouldn't wait. That's his decision. It is what it is. He does have a right to be salty, because I really did suggest to him — and it's exactly the way I thought — that he'd be here for a long time.”