Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) – Tyson Chandler, who helped the Dallas Mavericks to their only NBA championship three years ago, has rejoined the team as part of a six-player trade with the New York Knicks. The deal was consummated Wednesday.
Guard Raymond Felton will be joining Chandler in Dallas, with the Knicks receiving point guard Jose Calderon, veteran center Samuel Dalembert, guards Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin as well as the Mavericks’ two second-round selections in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
It’s the first major move regarding player personnel for New York under new team president Phil Jackson, and comes just two days after star forward Carmelo Anthony opted out of his contract to test free agency.
Chandler averaged 10.1 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds while starting 74 regular-season games for the Mavericks during the 2010-11 campaign, which ended with Dallas dispatching the Miami Heat in six games in the NBA Finals. He signed a four-year contract with the Knicks the following summer and was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in his first season in New York.
Injuries limited the 31-year-old to just 55 games this past season, with Chandler averaging 8.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
The move also provides the Mavericks with some future salary cap flexibility in addition to upgrading their interior defense, with Chandler entering the final year of his current deal.
Felton played a key role in New York reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2012-13, averaging 13.9 points and 5.5 assists over 68 games that season, but is coming off a disappointing and turbulent follow-up that included an arrest on felony weapons charges in February.
The soon-to-be 30-year-old has averaged 13.1 points and 6.5 assists over a nine-year NBA career.
Calderon, 32, signed a four-year deal with the Mavericks last summer and started 81 games at point guard, averaging 11.4 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 44.9 percent from 3-point range. The veteran Spaniard is a 41.1 percent 3-point shooter for his career.
Dalembert, also known primarily for his defensive skills, spent just one season with the Mavericks as well after joining the team as a free agent last July. The 6-foot-11 journeyman averaged 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while starting 68-of-80 games and like Chandler, will be an unrestricted free agent following this season.
Larkin was Dallas’ first-round pick of the 2013 NBA Draft but was used sparingly as a rookie, participating in just 48 games and averaging 10.2 minutes.
Ellington, a 3-point specialist, shot 42.4 percent from beyond the arc in his lone season in Dallas. The 26-year-old posted a career-best 7.9 points per game while playing for Cleveland and Memphis the previous year.
The Knicks, who previously did not own any picks in Thursday’s draft, now hold the 34th and 51st overall selections as part of the swap.