Chandler, Felton included in Knicks-Mavs trade

Written By Deantae Prince
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The New York Knicks dealt center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks, aquiring four players and two second-round draft picks in return, the team announced Wednesday.

New York receives center Samuel Dalembert, as well as guards Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington along with the 34th and 51st picks in the draft.  

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The move appears to help the Mavericks, who pair Chandler, a defensive-minded center, with franchise star Dirk Nowitzki. The two played together on the 2010 Mavericks team that won and NBA title at the expense of LeBron James' Miami Heat. 

But the biggest benefit of the deal for the Mavericks is that Jose Calderon's new contract, which was for $29 million over four years, comes off the books when he moves to New York. Felton has two seasons at just under $9 million left on his contract, but the second year is a player option. 

“The journey to build this team for the upcoming season and beyond continues,” said Knicks President Phil Jackson in a statement. “We have added players with this move that will fit right in to our system while maintaining future flexibility.

“We would like to thank Raymond and Tyson for their time and hard work with the organization over the past few years.”

One concession for the Mavericks is that they will take on more salary for the 2014-15 season, with the final year of Chandler's deal, which amounts to about $14.5 million. But he becomes a free agent at the end of the year.  

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