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It’s official: Knicks trade Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton to Dallas

Jun 25, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE 10:30 pm: And it is official, the Dallas Mavericks have confirmed the trade.

The final details are Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton go to the Mavericks in exchange for Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two 2014 second-round picks.

UPDATE 5:45 pm: The two sides have reached an agreement in principle on this trade, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

It still must be formally approved by the league office, but the deal is in place.

4:40 pm: You know Phil Jackson needed to go big to change the Knicks roster, and with that maybe persuade Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York (and other big names to come).

Well, this is big. Not sure it helps keep Anthony in town but it’s big.

The Knicks are near a deal to send Tyson Chandler back to Dallas and Raymond Felton along with him, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Multiple other reports called the deal “close”.

It should be noted that Chandler is one of Anthony’s better friends on the Knicks roster.

As laid out this is a trade-off on the court for New York. On one hand, while Chandler had a rough last season he is still one of the NBA’s better rim protecting big men. They will miss his presence inside. However at the point Calderon is an upgrade over Felton — the triangle needs three point shooters and Calderon does that (44.9 percent last season), plus is a low turnover guy. Calderon plays smart, but is used to having the ball in his hands more, it will be an adjustment. Felton struggled last season in just about every way, so there is some addition by subtraction there.

Plus the Knicks get Wayne Ellington and more importantly Shane Larkin, who has promise.

The Knicks also save money. Chandler and Felton make a combined $19.4 million. Dalembert is set to make $3.8 million but can be bought out for $1.8 million. Calderon, Ellington and Larkin combined make just $11.5 million.

What the Mavericks get is a real center to put next to Dirk Nowitzki — they get the rim protecting big that was there when the Mavericks won the title in 2011. They need that in the West. Felton gets the chance to turn his career around under one of the best Xs and Os coaches in the game, one who will put him good positions to succeed.

  1. peddealer - Jun 25, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    This Mavs fan is ecstatic!

    In Cuban I trust!

    BTW the Mavs came closer than the heat to beating the Spurs!

  2. aldavis4president - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    How does Dallas not win in this trade?!! No one in NY knew how to play with a legit (dpoy) center like Tyson. Hes still a premier rim protector and can crash boards with the best. Calderon hurts alil but Ellis and Collison will be fine. Carter, Marion, and some new young blood is all they need. They’re a good team and gave the spurs all the y can handle. The Knicks are a mess.

    • cruzan80 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      They lose this trade because Tyson Chandler is 4 years OLDER than the version they had & injury prone. At this point, the most attractive thing about Tyson is his expiring contract.

      “No one in NY knew how to play with a legit (dpoy) center”

      That comment makes absolutely no sense seeing that he was named the league’s DPOY as a KNICK.

      Another obviously reason is the fact that they just traded a serviceable PG for arguably the worst starting PG in the entire league! And if that wasn’t enough…they also sent off two draft picks in the process.

      “The Knicks are a mess.”

      Really? Two days ago the Knicks had zero picks in this year’s draft, the worst PG in the league & a disgruntled, aging & now overpaid center. Today, they have two 2nd round picks, players who put them in position to acquire a 1st round pick & a significant upgrade at PG & for less money as well.

  3. jolink653 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    As a Knicks fan, I love this trade. Chandler was my favorite player on the team because I loved what he brought on the defensive side and his intensity, but he’s been hurt way too much the last two years. Calderon replacing Felton is a monster upgrade; it gives them a real pure point guard and a legitimate floor general who can distribute and also hit consistently from behind the arc. Dalembert essentially is a Tyson Chandler Lite and he can be serviceable at the center spot. It’s a downgrade, but not as drastic as it may seem. Tyson really just hasn’t looked the same since his DPOY season

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I thought you clowns said the Knicks were stuck and unable to make any moves?

    Now there are at least two more to be made.

  5. klownboy - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I think this trade was a win-win for both teams. My Knicks get some maneuverability while the Mavs get their rim-protector back.
    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-Uw

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