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Mavs, Knicks complete deal

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.

Sam Spiegelman

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.




1642 comments
Carlos San Jose
Carlos San Jose

Any thats gets anthony in the NBA wii never unless they have a quality center who can post/score "if melo gives up the ball" and a guard who is willing to sacrifice to stand and watch outside since melo HAS to have the ball. Extreme ball hog but nobody seems to notice!!

Josh Ikhilov
Josh Ikhilov

Now trade JR Smith and Amar'e Stoudemire and we're set

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

Absolutely brilliant trade, if this was reversed, we'd all be saying Knicks got fleeced for a one dimensional center and a terrible PG who can't defend.  And the closing line would be, why did we have to give up two draft picks too? Love this trade. 

knickfan2
knickfan2

When Melo last met with Phil, Fish, and Mills, and Melo told reporters that it was a "great meeting," and "he likes what Phil is trying to do," is it possible that Phil told Melo his plans of moving Chandler?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Three starters already gone from the roster. JR and Shump might be next.

Mel Brown
Mel Brown

"Jackson sending Chandler out a year before his contract ends is a sign that the Zen Master is willing to make major moves to overhaul the team as soon as possible. It’s also a sign that he might be aggressive in making trades and chasing available free agents this summer despite the Knicks’ limited resources."


-Ian Begley


http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/57459/can-chandler-deal-help-knicks-keep-melo


It's gonna get done sooner not later.   No long rebuilds..lmao.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Imagine if Phil cleared enough space for Melo and Lebron and Melo still left.. Ouch!

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

From Espn insider:

New York remains a long ways away from clearing enough cap space this season to make a run at LeBron James, or a possible James and Anthony combination. Amar'e Stoudemire is still on the books for $23.4 million, and Andrea Bargnani accounts for another $11.5 million. Felton has a player option for 2015-16, so Jackson sheds that obligation, but Calderon has three more guaranteed years left on his contract for a total of $22.2 million. All we've been hearing is that Jackson does not want to take on contracts that extend past next season, but apparently he's done just that. Calderon is a good value. His 6.1 WARP ranked in the top 50 in the league, and is worth around $12 million in a hypothetical vacuum. His passing and shooting abilities are also among the best in the league, making him a fine fit for the triangle offense that Knicks coach Derek Fisher is expected to install.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

I dont think we should get our hopes up tonight about moving Amare and Bags. My gut feeling is this is the big move; not the precursor to a big trade. This was a good move, i do think we should waive Sam D if we can't trade him. 


This was a good move but dont set your self up for a huge disappointment tonight

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

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KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

@knickfan2 Phil definitely told Melo what he has up his sleeve , already we upgraded the PG spot and some leverage to make another move , he probably told him he may be able to move STAT too 

johneco
johneco

@Knicks_Fanatic  Who's the 3rd?  Are you counting Melo?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Mel Brown  I said this last night when the trade went down...this clearly shows Phil wants to make power moves now, not 4 years from now and compete his 5th year, that's just stupid and dumb.

barnaby87
barnaby87

@OLDKNICK I think they're all smokescreens personally.  We have an abundance of guards on the roster.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@Seth Nadler  Calderone's contract is an easy one to move at the end of the season. They can just dump for a 2nd rounder if need be.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

If Phil can trade Amare he would be a miracle worker.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Sandro Guedes 

"Jackson sending Chandler out a year before his contract ends is a sign that the Zen Master is willing to make major moves to overhaul the team as soon as possible. It’s also a sign that he might be aggressive in making trades and chasing available free agents this summer despite the Knicks’ limited resources."


-Ian Begley


Doesn't sound like a long rebuild for 4 years to me lol...but I get what youre saying, moves are being made, good moves at that, I like.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@pezhao youre not payin attention well. We did a lot with this trade. We fixed the pg position. We got rid of 2 overpriced non factors. We got some cap space back along with a young talent( that could be traded for a 1st rd ). Plus a decent center who comes off at season's end......Most of all, these players fit the triangle. This is not a rebuild process

madskills
madskills

@barnaby87 @OLDKNICK Having an abundance of guards and looking to draft one may not be a smoke screen. It could be a sign that Phil is still looking to make deals.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@pezhao @Kvdaone ppl look at the player more than they do the system the player will be in. This whats wrong with the gm today

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@thatsagoodpoint @Knicks_Fanatic @Jayson Love Calderon is also I believe aguy who falls into the category of "the best PG you've never heard of".  Hypothetically, If we drafted Larkin tonite people would be praising that as a steal.  Dalembert (if he stays around) is essentially a Chandler clone without the histrionics and we get two picks!  Oh and dump salary too! it's brilliant Phil Jackson knows what he is doing and the very best part I still haven't mentioned is that this is a clear indication that Jackson has complete control.  Dolan loves basketball stars.  Chandler (for as one dimensional as he is) is a "star" in the NBA and we traded him for no stars in return. 

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@pezhao @Kvdaone i dont play media gms to sike myself out. I listen to what said and read btwn the lines. Melo opted out so he can get paid long term now bcuz hes gettin older.....not bcuz he wants to leave. every player is not lbj

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@pezhao @Kvdaone yes cuz Melo aint goin nowhere. this aint the end of movement, its just the beginning. you cant force a zen master, he goes with what makes sense

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@Sandro Guedes @JayfromtheFix But getting Amare off the cap is building for now and the future. If we trade Amare for a second round pick to a team with cap space, that gives us a chance to get players this year and gives us flexibility for the future also.


With saying that I'm not expecting a miracle tonight and expect PJ to get rid of Amare or Bargs.

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

@pezhao @Kvdaone him wantin to win doesnt mean he wants to leave. he wants the knicks to form a winning atmosphere. phil, dfish and the triangle are exactly that. mofos look at lbjs move and think you have to go play with stars instead of build a solid healthy core....so again, winning does not mean leaving