With the 2014 NBA Draft only a day away, it is the kickoff for NBA Rumors to set the tone for summer speculation.
One of those rumors is close to becoming a reality as it involves New York Knicks’ All-Star center Tyson Chandler potentially being traded.
Chandler has been rumored to be on the move pretty much since the season ended and his former team the Dallas Mavericks, who Chandler helped win an NBA Championship in 2011, have reportedly been targeting Chandler.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Knicks are on the verge of dealing Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas in exchange for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington.
The trade would all but end the Mavs pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, but could turn out to be a win for the Knicks, simply for the fact that they found someone to take Felton off their hands.
Chandler, 31, wound up landing a four-year, $60 million deal in free agency with the Knicks after the Mavs won the title that has one season remaining.
The departures of Chandler and Felton are believed to be just the start of a roster overhaul by new Knicks president Phil Jackson.
I like Calderon as a player and Larkin is a guy I really like that I feel could turn into a very good NBA point guard one day.
The Knicks are also expected to receive a future second round pick in the deal, but it won’t come this year when the Knicks badly need draft picks. The only shocking part of the deal is the fact that the Knicks won’t come away with any picks in this year’s draft in the deal.
Chandler will be missed but if the Knicks can land a couple of nice pieces for him, it makes sense.
UPDATE: Trade is official with the Knicks getting two second round picks in Thursday’s Draft, No’s 34 and 51 to go along with the four players they receive.