According to ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks have brought back Tyson Chandler for a second stint with the team.
The Knicks agreed to send Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, and picks 34 & 51 in Thursday's draft. Another part of the trade is the Mavericks taking back Raymond Felton's contract that includes Felton making $4.3 million next year followed up by a team option in 2015-2016 for $4.5 million.
Who is the winner in this trade?
For New York...
Calderon, the starting point guard all season for the Mavs, hit a career high 191 threes while shooting 44.9%. Dalembert will be entering his 12th NBA season, and has $4.4 million left on his contract for one year. As of now, he'll see significant playing time at center in a conference that's not as stacked with big men. Larkin played sparingly in his rookie campaign, as an injury held him back. He'll look to compete with Pablo Prigoni for the backup at point. Ellington also has one year left on his deal at $2.7 million, and will probably be buried on the Knicks bench behind J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr.
The two draft picks make this even more lopsided as this year's draft is one of the most loaded we've seen in years. You can find a quality player at pick 34 this year. The 51st may be more of a stretch but second round contracts are a GM's dream.
The Knicks save some cap room by losing Chandler's $14.5 million dollar deal, so could possibly pursue a marquee free agent if Carmelo Anthony decides to go elsewhere. This also shows how desperate New York was to get rid of Felton, paying a possible $9 million the next two years to make the trade work.
On to Dallas...
Felton, fresh off a felony gun posession charge, will want to forget one of his least productive seasons as a pro. He averaged a career low 9.7 PPG & struggled from the field, (39.5%), and three (31.8%). Chandler will be entering his 13th season and hasn't played more than 66 games the last three years. The attractive part of the deal was Chandler's expiring after next year. Maybe the Mavericks feel Chandler can get back to the same form he showed when the Mavericks won the title in 2011, and be able to win the free agent sweepstakes with Chandler next offseason.
That's been the problem for the Mavericks though, is missing out on the marquee free agent they've been shooting for. They missed out on Deron Williams in 2012, Dwight Howard in 2013, and how attractive is it for Carmelo Anthony or a LeBron James to go there this offseason? You have an aging Dirk Nowitzki past his prime, Monta Ellis is a ball hog and there's not much depth to speak of anymore with this trade playing a factor.
Keep in mind the Mavericks took the world champion Spurs farther than any team in the postseason, is there a real need to break up the team? Maybe the Mavs know something we don't and the blockbuster deals will keep coming this offseason or next, but ever since the 2011 title, things haven't worked out so well...