New York Knicks trade rumors have the team dealing Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks. These New York Knicks trade rumors confirm that Phil Jackson is trying to shed salary and create salary cap flexibility for his new franchise. According to a report from ESPN on Wednesday (June 25), Dallas trades point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, prized young point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington, and the 34th and 51st picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.
In return for that package of players and assets, the Knicks deal the defensive-minded Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton. The team has been looking to part ways with Felton for a while now and finally found an organization that was willing to take him on. This is a huge deal for both organizations, as Dallas really needed a defensive "stopper" in the low post and New York has been trying hard to create roster space to bring back Carmelo Anthony.
Last year for the Knicks, Chandler averaged 8.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. He was stellar from the field again, shooting 59.3 percent but also missed 27 games due to injury. He appears to be healthy again and ready to help get the Mavericks back to the NBA Finals. The one season he played in Dallas, Chandler averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
These New York Knicks trade rumors likely aren't the only ones that the team will be involved in as draft day approaches. The front office is working hard to free up salary to offer Carmelo Anthony a long-term deal and also to sign another free agent to play with him. There is a lot of work left to do, but this could be an interesting first step toward a complete rebuild.
If the team ends up losing Anthony to free agency, getting the $28.7 million left on Chandler's deal and the $13.1 million owed to Felton off the books is a strong move.