The Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks worked out a six-player trade that allows Tyson Chandler, who the Mavericks let go after their championship run in 2011, to return to the team. With so many players being moved around in order for the deal to work, what does the acquisition of Chandler mean for the Mavericks going forward?
For starters, it gives the team a legitimate force around the basket. The center position has been a problematic area since Chandler left, as Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair simply did not get the job done last season. He will inject a much-needed offensive game in the middle, while also using his superb defensive skills to prevent the big men of the Western Conference to have their way against Dallas.
More importantly, Chandler will give the Mavericks an opportunity to win now. That is something point guard Jose Calderon, point guard Shane Larkin, guard Wayne Ellington and Dalembert clearly was not going to accomplish. Dallas may regret down the road trading some of the mentioned players, but it is definitely the right move for what the organization is trying to do in the present.
The instant downside to the trade is taking on Raymond Felton’s contract. As many Knicks fans have already stated, there is a shock that the franchise was able to get rid of the point guard. However, the hope is that Chandler’s good will outweigh Felton’s bad.
The one aspect many fans in Dallas may not be looking at is that Chandler’s presence will allow top-tier free agents, such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, to consider the Mavericks as a legitimate landing spot. To have Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler in the same lineup will be deadly enough, but to add James or Anthony would instantly make Dallas contenders next season.