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Dallas, Charlotte trade big men they don't want

Jul 13, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Tchandler.jpgNot all trades are thrilling.

Case in point: The Dallas Mavericks are sending the Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najara to the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

Dampier’s expiring deal was the big carrot the Mavericks had this summer, and they just spent it on a backup center. Not what we expected at all. There had to be a better option out there, didn’t there?

For the Bobcats this saves money, Dampier’s $13 million contract is not guaranteed. Expect news that he has been waived to come across the wire minutes after the trade is complete. The delicious irony is Charlotte has to take back the remaining three-years, $11.5 million that should never have given Carroll in the first place.

Dallas gets a Chandler who has never quite been right since his injuries but can provide solid backup minutes behind starter Brendan Haywood.

Ajinca has shown growth and impressed in Summer League. The guy has always had an NBA body but he’d make so many mistakes he could never get off the bench. Granted, this is Summer League, but his decision making seemed better. He went after rebounds more aggressively, as well. He should get a little burn to start to see if he can make it happen at the NBA level.

  1. Bobcats Nation - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Jordan you idiot. You could have traded Chandler for nothing but a useful player in Calderon yesterday. But instead of that you ship him off for a horrible contract in return in Carroll.

  2. brad - Jul 13, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    This article is very poorly written, there’s a number of grammatical errors that make it difficult to understand. Please work on your tense and verbiage.

  3. Seriously Brad - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Brad, the first line in your comment is a run-on sentence. Congratulations.

  4. jbw - Jul 13, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Interesting thing now is if, the Cats dump Dampier or keep him a few days/weeks with a plan to move him elsewhere in another deal.

  5. BBall Fan - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Cuban has always talked big about how valuable of a trade commodity that Dampier’s expiring contract was. If so, why is this all he could do with it? Seems like some inept Front Office work.

  6. James - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    It is a pretty good chip, but he(Cuban) was hoping to be able to use that as a piece in a sign and trade with a marquee player. Once they were out of the running for a top free agent, they had to use it for something. 13 Million off the books is a lot of money that a team like the Hornets or other teams would find very valuable. If you couple that with a Roddy Beabuois and/or a Caron Butler(who’s contract will expire after this year too), a lot of teams would be interested. It wasn’t inept front office work. Dallas turns contracts in to valuable pieces better than most. Jerry Stackhouse for Shawn Marion comes to mind. Ironically, Chandler’s 12.6 million contract expires after this season, making him valuable in trade situations for this upcoming season. So they basically just swapped Dampier for Chandler, picked up trade exceptions, and got rid of Matt Carol’s horrible contract in the process. Not a bad deal for Dallas at all.

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