We’re not even two weeks removed from the San Antonio Spurs winning their fifth championship, and the road to a repeat got a little tougher on Wednesday.
The Dallas Mavericks have reacquired center Tyson Chandler from the New York Knicks and traded Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and a future second round pick to New York. The Mavericks also received guard Raymond Felton to round out the six-player deal.
And according to the Chicago Tribune, Mark Cuban and company prioritized this roster move for quite some time after being handed a first round elimination by the Spurs.
The Mavericks made reacquiring Chandler one of their priorities after their first-round exit to the San Antonio Spurs. The trade included taking the contract of Knicks guard Raymond Felton, according to ESPN.com.
The Mavericks logic behind it is more basic than just, “Hey, beat the Spurs and we’re champions.” At least we would hope so. But this is only the beginning. Dallas is the first of what is soon to be many teams in the Western Conference attempting to improve their roster to contend with San Antonio.
With the addition of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, the Mavericks improve their frontcourt offensively and defensively, but Chandler isn’t the presence he once was in his first tour of duty with Dallas. Chandler’s had a myriad of injuries in his Knicks career, limiting him to just 55 games last season.
During his 2013-14 campaign, Chandler’s scoring average dipped under double figures for the first time in four years. In one game against the Spurs last season, Chandler finished with four points and six rebounds.
Meanwhile, Raymond Felton immediately steps into the reserve point guard role, with Calderon being sent to New York and Devin Harris currently being a free agent. Dallas also maintains $26.5 million in cap space to help re-sign Dirk Nowitzki, while attempting to lure Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.