The Knicks and Mavericks have officially completed a deal that will send Tyson Chander and Raymond Felton to Dallas and Sam Dalembert, Jose Calderón, Shane Larkin, and Wayne Ellington and draft picks in the 2014 draft (Nos. 34 and 51) to New York.
7:59 p.m.: The Knicks officially announced the deal (Knicks PR).
5:44 p.m.: The deal has been reached in principle (Wojnarowski, June 25).
5:00 p.m.: The Knicks would likely receive the Nos. 34 and 51 overall picks in the 2014 Draft from the Mavericks (Wojnarowski, June 25).
4:59 p.m.: The deal would likely get the Knicks under the cap for next season and allow them to use exceptions (Cacciola, June 25).
4:45 p.m.: The deal could be done as soon as Wednesday night (Beck, June 25).
Dalembert, 32, had 6.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game with Dallas in 2013-14, in 20.2 minutes per game. Calderón, also 32, scored 11.4 points with 4.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds over 30.5 minutes per game last season.
Larkin, just 21, played in 48 games and averaged 10.2 minutes per. He scored 2.8 points and had 1.5 assists per game for the Mavericks. The 26-year-old Ellington scored 3.2 points and 1.0 rebound per game last season for Dallas.
Dalembert has a team option for the 2014-15 season for $3.8 million ($1.8 guaranteed) (Begley, June 25), Calderon is signed through 2016-17 for $7+ million and Larkin is signed through 2016-17 for $1.6-2.5 million. Ellington is due $2.7 million next season.
Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer
The name of the game for Phil Jackson and the Knicks going forward will be gaining flexibility, and with this deal, they’ve certainly begun to do just that.
Of course, Chandler has already garnered more accolades than the rest of the players included in this deal put together over the course of his career. He’s a good player, but he, much like Raymond Felton, let New York down this past season.
But as two starters depart, the Knicks can begin retooling. In return, they’ve acquired six valuable assets.
In Calderon, the team reels in one of the better distributors in the NBA. Dalembert’s team option for next season comes along with just a $1.8 million price tag. Ellington is a young sharpshooter who also comes to town for cheap. And by adding Larkin, the Knicks acquire a young gun who could be considered just as valuable as a second rounder in Thursday’s draft with a potentially talented future ahead of him as well.
What’s more, New York will now be an active participant in the 2014 NBA Draft. Just like that. Two second rounders (at 34th and 51st) will allow the team to take chances on intriguing talent with little to lose. As a squad looking to improve while maintaining decent flexibility going forward, who could ask for much more than that?
But perhaps most importantly, Jackson has taken one of the first steps to proving he’s capable of handling this job. From day one, he spoke out with an interesting vision. From there, he began to predict what was to come. Now, he’s taken the next step: confirming his ability to execute accordingly.
Let me preface this by saying I’m somewhat fed up with Felton being out of shape and wildly inconsistent, and also a major fan of Jose Calderon.
I think we all saw a possible divorce between New York and Chandler since he stated he didn’t want to me a part of a rebuilding team and Mark Cuban said he was interested in a reunion, and while it’s tough to see a former Defensive Player of the Year go it may ultimately be the best movie for the new-look Knicks.
Calderon is a terrific fit for the triangle offense, and unquestionably would be a major upgrade over Felton. I think he’s been one of the league’s most underrated and forgotten about players, and I think if Phil Jackson can surround him with offensive weapons Calderon is one of the best at facilitating the offense, not to mention contribute from the perimeter.
I also love the possible additions of Larkin and Ellington, which adds some youth to the Knicks’ roster in the form of two promising players.
Call this one a win-win, because Chandler improves Dallas’ defense, but truly begins the positive re-shaping of the Knicks’ roster.