If there’s a Phil, there’s a way, and Phil Jackson managed to trade away the disgruntled Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks in return for VALUE.
In a blockbuster deal, the Knicks traded Felton and Chandler to Dallas in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin, and the 34th and 51st selections in tomorrow’s nights NBA Draft.
The team confirmed the news via Twitter.
— NBA New York Knicks (@nyknicks) June 26, 2014
The Knicks got away with pure robbery with this trade. How Phil Jackson was able to get a team to take Raymond Felton who has been out of shape, non-productive, and in trouble with the law is mind-blowing.
Tyson Chandler had his moments in New York, but injuries took their toll on his playing time. This trade reunites Chandler with the Mavericks where he enjoyed tremendous success and was an integral part of Dallas’s 2011 championship team.
Jose Calderon is an immediate upgrade over Felton at the point-guard spot, Samuel Dalembert isn’t going to wow you offensively, but he has the ability to finish at the rim and block shots. He averages nearly 2 blocks per game in his career.
Wayne Ellington has been a journey man in this league since he was taken with the 28th pick in the 2009 draft, and Shane Larkin who was the 18th pick in last year’s draft, didn’t make much of an impact his rookie year after being a stand-out player at the University of Miami.
The real kicker in this trade is the 34th and 51st picks the Knicks receive. New York previously did not have any draft picks, and the 2 picks the team acquired from Dallas gives them a legitimate chance to sneak back into the first round. The Knicks can use those picks, along with Dalembert and Larkin, as trade bait.
From a Dallas perspective, all you can really do is shake your head. It would be foolish for the Mavericks to expect anything from Felton, and Tyson Chandler hasn’t been able to stay on the court.