Phil Jackson is in the process of rebuilding the New York Knicks roster on the fly and he orchestrated a trade on Wednesday. It wasn’t a blockbuster trade, but it was the first trade of the summer and it could benefit both teams.
The trade will send center Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks for Dallas center Samuel Dalembert, point guard Jose Calderon, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and the 34th and 51st pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.
Calderon, 32, gives New York a PG that can run the Triangle offense and also shoot the ball. He had a down year last season, but he still managed to average 11.4 points per game and 4.7 assists per game while making 45.6% of his field goal attempts and 44.9% of his 3-pointers. For his career, Calderon averages 10.2ppg and 6.8apg while shooting 47.9% and 41.1% on 3’s.
Dalembert, 33, is a serviceable big man whose known for his defense mainly, but he can also rebound the ball effectively.
Larkin, 21, is the heir apparent to Calderon and will be the backup until he’s ready to take over. He averaged 2.8ppg in 48 games. His playing time was limited to just 10.2 minutes per game in Dallas.
Ellington, 26, was a throw-in to the deal and he’ll probably get released with JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, and Tim Hardaway Jr on the depth chart at SG.
The 34th pick was a nice pickup because the draft is loaded with talent and they could very well get a player that will fit in the playing rotation and be able to make an impact.
However, it looks like the Knicks might be interested in dealing Larkin and Dalembert if the right deal comes along.
Dallas received Chandler, 31, who helped the Mavs win their NBA title in 2011 and the team was interested in bringing him back. Chandler gives them a solid defender and a pretty good rebounder…..when he’s healthy. He averaged just 60 games a season during his three year stay in NY.
Felton, 29, was dealt after having off the court issues and struggling when he was playing on the court. He will likely be their starting PG, unless they decide to play Monta Ellis there.
Next summer, they’ll have a lot of money to spend on free agents, but in the interim he’s trying to put a decent team on the floor. Jackson is off to a solid start in an effort to get the Knicks back in the playoffs and chances are he isn’t done. He may try and trade Smith, Amare and Andrea Bargnani to unload even more salary.
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