DALLAS -- In a six-player blockbuster deal, the Dallas Mavericks acquired New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton on Wednesday, a source told the Star-Telegram.
ESPN first reported the trade.
In return for Chandler and Felton, the Mavs shipped Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and two second-round draft picks to the Knicks. The picks will be the 34th and 51st selections the Mavs had in Thursday's NBA Draft.
Chandler was the cornerstone on defense when the Mavs captured the 2011 NBA title and never wanted to leave Dallas. But when the Mavs failed to meet his free agent demands following the 2010-'11 season, Chandler signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Knicks.
The acquisition of Chandler could help the Mavs in their hot pursuit of free agent small forward Carmelo Anthony, who was a teammate of Chandler's in New York over the past three years. Anthony is expected to visit Dallas, Chicago and Houston when free agency starts on Tuesday.
The Mavs have about $26.5 million of cap space available, while the salary cap is projected to be at $63.2 million.
In his one season for the Mavs in the 2010-'11 campaign, Chandler averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. And in his first season with the Knicks, Chandler was the NBA''s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011-'12 season.
Felton, meanwhile, is an aggressive-minded point guard who the Knicks wanted to unload because he has two years left on his contract. Felton is slated to earn $4.36 million next season and has a player option which will pay him $4.54 million for the 2015-'16 season.
Chandler is headed into the final year of his contract and will collect $14,596,888 during the 2014-'15 campaign.
-- Dwain Price
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