Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Knicks sent center Tyson Chandler back to the Dallas Mavericks along with Raymond Felton in a six-player trade Wedensday.
In return, the Mavs gave up point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, point guard Shane Larkin, reserve guard Wayne Ellington and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s draft.
Chandler, 31, was among several key contributors the Mavs let go in free agency after their championship run in 2011.
He signed a four-year, $60 million deal in free agency with the Knicks that year.
Chandler is going into the final season of that deal at $14.5 million, and Felton has one year at $3.8 million with a player option for another season in the same range.
Knicks president Phil Jackson to pursue as much salary-cap flexibility as he can to convince star free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony to stay.
The Knicks are currently over the salary cap and will only be able to use trade exceptions to lure free agents this summer.
The Mavericks will have approximately $26.5 million in salary cap space before re-signing Dirk Nowitzki to a discount deal.
The Mavs’ front office is optimistic that the addition of Chandler significantly increases their odds of recruiting LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
“We think Tyson makes our defense better and we still maintain quite a bit of cap flexibility,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban told ESPNDallas.com via email.