Knicks, Mavs Swap Chandler, Calderon

7:02pm: The Knicks have officially announced the deal. The only picks changing hands are the two second-rounders for this year moving from Dallas to New York.

4:50pm: The Knicks and Mavs have reached agreement on their rumored trade, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). The deal sends Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, picks Nos. 34 and 51 in Thursday’s draft, as Marc Stein of and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports detailed in earlier reports. It’s unclear if future second-round draft consideration will also head New York’s way.

The Mavs had planned a summer pursuit of Chandler, the center on their 2011 title team, three years after letting him go. Knicks president Phil Jackson seemed to dismiss the notion that he told Felton to expect to be traded, but other reports have indicated the Knicks were in the market for an upgrade at the point, which Calderon provides. Felton slumped this past season, and this week he agreed this week to plead guilty to a felony gun charge in a plea agreement that will allow him to avoid jail time.

The deal removes some of New York’s flexibility for the summer of 2015, since Calderon’s contract calls for him to make in excess of $7.4MM in 2015/16 and more than $7.7MM in 2016/17. J.R. Smith has a player option worth nearly $6.4MM for 2015/16, but the Knicks otherwise don’t have commitments for that season.  The trade would allow Dallas more cap flexibility for that summer, since Chandler’s contract is up after next season and Felton’s player option for 2015/16 is about $3.95MM.

Dalembert’s approximately $3.867MM salary is partially guaranteed for $1.8MM next season. He also has a 15% trade kicker on his deal that the Mavs would be responsible for paying. Chandler would receive $500K from the Knicks thanks to a trade kicker in his deal.

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15 thoughts on “Knicks, Mavs Swap Chandler, Calderon

  1. escapingNihilism

    Calderon is actually good. way better than I thought he was before I looked at his stats. 48% career FG% and 41% from 3pt, 45.4% on the latter over the past two years.

    • Scott

      Very good offensively. Zero defense though. Gotta take the good with the bad with him. I liked having him on the Mavs.

  2. Joe Orsatti

    Knicks win this trade cold turkey
    Knicks get
    Up and coming guard in Larkin
    2 proven guards in Ellington and Calderon
    a veteran center in Dalembert
    2 2nd round picks

    • Resneps2340

      And the get rid of the worst point guard in the NBA in Raymond Felton!

    • Scott

      Calderon is good. Ellington couldn’t get on the floor. Dalembert is a backup. And Larkin showed absolutely nothing when given a chance. Plus 2nd round picks are pretty worthless.

      Mavs upgrade C and bring in a backup G. This will be a great trade for the Mavs if they can bring in a quality FA, otherwise Knicks will win slightly, but not nearly as much as people seem to say.

        • Scott

          About what? The only good players in this trade are Chandler (all defense) and Calderon (all offense). Everything else is just garbage switching places.

          Could end up being good for both teams really.

  3. ssw265

    I love this trade, I wanted Larkin in last year draft and to get Calderon is 10 times the up grade over Raymond the Felon, Dalembert at the very least will cause people to guard him something Chandler didn’t do and the 2 picks just makes it all the better. I don’t believe the Knicks are finish making trades, they now 7 guards on the team with J.R. Smith, Shumpert, Hardaway, Prigs I look for them to try and trade Shumpert and Prigs to attain more draft picks or move up in the draft maybe even J.R. will be move, Phil Jackson get a thumb up for this move.

    • RealSportsFan

      “Dalembert at the very least will cause people to guard him something Chandler didn’t do”

      – Not trying to be rude here, but Dalembert is in no way shape or form any kind of threat on offense. If you actually think he can force anyone to guard him, you will be completely disappointed once you see him play everyday. The guy has no heart and had trouble beating out DeJuan Blair who is half his height and has no ligaments in his knees.

      Now you guys scored getting Calderon (dumping Felton…that dude blows) and the draft picks. Larkin showed some flashes but I don’t think he’ll be even as good as D.J. Augustin.

      • ssw265

        Dalembert is more of a offensive threat than Chandler was and will ever be. Time will tell if Larkin is better than D.J, Augustin after all he’s only 21 years old and we really have seen him play enough in the NBA because of a injuries. my guess is that he will be better than Augustin if he sticks around with the Knicks, because I’m hearing that the Knicks just might trade him to move up in the draft.

        • Scott

          Dalembert is awful. Has like 1 good game for every 7 bad games. He’s so frustrating.

          Chandler isn’t an offensive force, but as long as he’s playing good defense, he’s a great fit next to Dirk. Knicks problem was they didn’t have a PF to score consistently.

          • ssw265

            Chandler days of being a rim defender are over. apparently you haven’t seem him the last two years he stink and look what Hibbert did to him in playoffs when the Knicks played the Pacers . Dallas is going to find out that he’s not the same player they had before. Raymond The Felon is the worst starting point guard in the league, know other point guard come close to Felon.

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