Report: Tyson Chandler back to Dallas?

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Mark Cuban and Phil Jackson have enjoyed exchanging verbal barbs through the media as Western Conference rivals over the years. Who would have figured the two would come together to consummate Jackson’s first major move as president of the New York Knicks?’s Marc Stein was first to report that the Knicks will send center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, reserve shooting guard Wayne Ellington and 2013 first-round draft pick, speedy point guard Shane Larkin.

Jackson is attempting to clear out salary and create cap space in attempt to keep star forward Carmelo Anthony, set to become a free agent on July 1, from leaving town, while seeking the flexibility needed to begin a true roster overhaul. Chandler was a significant piece to Dallas’ 2011 championship. A favorite of Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler was not re-signed by the Mavs following the 2011 lockout and ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement as Cuban opted to break up an aging title team. Chandler instead joined the Knicks on a four-year, $60 million contract.

Chandler played in just 55 games last season due to injuries and averaged 8.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The Mavs’ ability to take Felton off Jackson’s hands is the key to returning Chandler to Dallas, where he played only the 2010-11 season. Felton, who had a rocky tenure in New York, is owed $3.8 million this season and has a $3.95 million player option for the 2015-16 season.


  1. Max says:

    Any NBA team should be overjoyed to gain Tyson Chandler. That guy does not mind getting on the Boards!! Admire his hard work ethics~

  2. Lucas says:

    I think that the Knicks made the better deal…If this were NBA2k14, Dallas would have gotten the players with more overall ability, but this is real life, where Chandler does’nt want to play in NY anymore and is always injured and mr. Felton that likes to walk with guns and is overweight…Now we got a solid player in Calderon, a defensive center (nobofy was playing defense last year), a first rounder in Shane Larkin and 2 picks to today’s draft…Good one, Phil, now trade Bargnani, let’s be the team with most cap space in the NBA, hahahahaha.

  3. Barea_always_a_MAV says:

    wth…. Bargnani and Calderon together again hahah!

    New York Raptors for the win!

  4. Hunter says:

    If Dirk is ICE than Tyson is the FIRE. A proven championship combo, with the addition of youth in Monta and an already improved chemistry with this Mavs team I say the Mavericks are one or two steps away from getting to the BIG DANCE once more. WAY TO GO MAVS!

  5. #KarlComeHome says:

    Good luck getting Melo to come back, now that Tyson is gone.

  6. DragonofPeg says:

    eww. Felton is not needed in dallas, should also keep Shane Larkin

  7. imissthethunder says:

    I think both teams made out kinda good, for their own purposes and hidden agendas. Wow, they have been trying to get rid of Chandler since like, last year. Finally. He was useless wit the Knicks. Now, hopefully he can get re-enegerized with Dallas. Dalembert? He was good! They shouldn’t have let him go.

  8. Sand 1 says:

    I’d be disappointed if was a straight trade Chandler for Dalembert. Tyson is one of my favourite Knicks and a good fit for Melo when healthy.

    I’m glad to see Felton gone but don’t rate Calderón much higher.

    I’ve not seen anything of the other young players involved so hopefully they can be good and hopefully we can get someone with the draft picks.

    Is Dallas sure they wouldn’t rather have Andrea Bargnani than Tyson??? please

  9. TheKush says:

    Phil Jackson is already proving to be a disaster in New York! He goes to New York gets $25 Million Over Five Years and then tells Melo their star player to take less money? as if Money is the problem in New York. Phil was lucky enough to have Jordan, Kobe and Shaq. Personally I think I could win a championship if I was coaching those guys!

    If Chandler leaves that leaves the Knicks with who? Personally if I owned the Brooklyn Nets I would just call them the NEW YORK NETS and see if I could take over the New York market in the next 3 – 5 years. The Bronx Bombers are still called the New York Yankees! and they’re doing just fine if you ask me! I think by calling the team the Brooklyn Nets you’re giving the impression that the rest of New York aren’t welcome to be fans which from a marketing perspective isn’t a smart idea unless you want to push so New York fans away. La Clippers and LA Lakers are doing just fine in L.A!

    I say New York Knicks and New York Nets! This doesn’t mean that the Brooklyn chants have to stop it just means that Nets want to take over the New York the same way the Clippers are trying to take over L.A!

  10. Roy says:

    The Knicks are stupid…….. why would you get rid of your second best player who keeps this team from not being in the bottom 5 defensively, to get an AWFUL defender in Jose Calderon, an old and washed up Dalembert and two young nobodies.

    Not to mention they named their head coach who was only a player last year. Did you not learn anything from the Nets?

  11. michael rich says:

    knicks won this deal we don’t have no draft picks this year but got an player who was drafted last year and will be better years to come

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  13. edc says:

    this is a stupid move, what if Melo says no to Knicks, they are done!!!! unless they land Lebron

  14. Oakley34BLAM says:

    Great deal for the Knicks, not a bad deal for Mavs. As good as Chandler was for NY, not much was going to come of the final year of his deal. Calderon is one of the more suited 1s for the triangle and Larkin gives NY some youth which is sorely needed, especially considering Toure Murray has received interest on the FA market. Ellington makes a Shumpert deal even more inevitable (or Hardaway I suppose, but of the two I think they will stick with the 1 with the bigger upside, despite Shump’s potential to be a great role player….obviousley they’d move JR if they could). Dalembert could be cut to clear a little cap space (some of his deal is non-guaranteed) or kept to fill the obvious hole in the middle. Mavs get obvious help on D, which they sorely needed last year, and Felton…who may continue his downward slide, however may be primed for a career rejuvenation, as was the case last time he swapped teams.

  15. ERIC says:

    THANK YOU DALLAS!!!! for taking Chanlder and Felton I never thought we would be able to get rid of both of these players in a deal but this is only the begining, with this move it tells me that Phil has the Knicks heading in the right direction I hope Melo see that and will give Phil a chance to bring some quality players, it seems that this is only the begining Phil has more deals to come.

  16. Nick says:

    Love to the Knicks???…………………

  17. DIRK IS THE MAN says:

    Great move for the mavs, calderon was great in his time here but he was never a keeper, a real liability on the defensive end. shane larkin will be a great backup point guard one day, but lacks defensive ability to make up for his height disadvantage. Mavs won for sure and now along with Rick Carlisle has a real chance of attracting melo, we will have to find a way to shut up felton but he is a decent defender and still a better all around scorer than calderon. GO MAVS!

    • Kobe da Man says:

      If the Mavs got Melo they would go all the way. (I think with the right bench they could do it with this new trade) Dallas would be a good fit for Melo, he could play his natural small forward position and play his style of offence. Plus the fact that Felton and Chandler already know his game and the Mavs have two finals appearance, in recent years increases his chances for getting a ring now.

    • asdf says:

      your whole team was a defensive liability except from marion:p

  18. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    Dallas just got alot better

    • hogger says:

      I laugh at this statement. Dallas did not get A LOT better just by getting someone they’ve wanted back along with a PG who I don’t think is that good. I also think that they will get screwed again when they don’t get a big name, like last summer.

      • taekayo says:

        big name like who… Deron Williams?!?! Getting back a player that works well with your team IS an upgrade already. The West is loaded and the move won’t guarantee a ring, but this is a better team chemistry-wise.

      • asdf says:

        This trade was bigtime for both teams, knicks cleared cap spaced and got some draftpicks, dallas got a legit center and a rim protector.

        How good they will be its impossible to say before the season starts, but if chandler can stay healthy and be a double double machine like he was with the knicks when he was healthy, this would be a major upgrade from dalambert.

  19. TheAll-Star136 says:

    Carmelo would say “I’m out”

  20. Connor says:

    It looks to me like Dallas gets the better of the deal. Tyson Chandler can still play and is a leader and can rebound and play defense. The Knicks will miss him.

    • Mario says:

      I think both had a good deal, and I’m a huge chandler fan but also as a Knick fan we are losing a guy who doesn’t want to be here anyway and has 1 year left in a Knick season that is a losing one anyway. So not so much a loss there. Then the following years will they even want him? I’d say yes but it depends on the price tag he is asking for, I don’t think he will be worth more than 8-10 mil when signing a new contract

    • Sam says:

      Have you watched the Knicks past season. They never played defense. How do you miss something that was never there? And Chandler is very limited offensively.

    • TadaDoctorK says:

      Cap room is what they are looking for to keep Melo and add other players. NY is not done dealing yet. They want to create the perfect situation. That is how a team should be built take note fake GM’s. Looking for perfect players is when you have the bases covered. Dallas got more value but not sure they will be able to capitalize on it. Knicks got more wiggle room, less risky players therefore more tradeable. Felton with is off court antics and Chandler with his salary and health were not as easy to move as Dalembert, Calderon or Larkin (insane little risk big reward curve potential). It wont seem like a master move from Phil but it is. I’m sure he tapped into Cuban’s ego that let go of Chandler in the first place.