The Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks pulled off a big trade that will send center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas, reports ESPN.
The six-player move sends Chandler, along with guard Raymond Felton, to Dallas. The Mavs, in turn, send point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert (two starters) to NYC, along with prized young point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s (June 26).
Apparently, the Mavs made reacquiring Chandler one of their priorities after exiting this the playoffs in the first round. He was the piece they missed most since letting go key players to free agency after winning the NBA title in 2011.
The big man would end up signing a four-year, $60 million deal in free agency with the Knicks that year. He has one season remaining on the contract.
The departures of Chandler and Felton seem to be the start of a roster overhaul by new Knicks president Phil Jackson, with Jackson pursing as much salary-cap flexibility as he can in the hopes of convincing star free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony to stay.
“The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues,” Jackson said in the announcement. “We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.
“We would like to thank Raymond and Tyson for their time and hard work with the organization over the past few years.”