Now that the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks have officially completed a trade sending center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton from the Knicks to the Mavericks in exchange for point guard Jose Calderon, big man Samuel Dalembert, point guard Shane Larkin, swingman Wayne Ellington and the 34th-overall and 51st-overall selections in the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night, the Knicks will be trying to make another move.
The Knicks likely don’t want to deal Ellington, but he could help address some of the shooting issues they have while Calderon is a big upgrade from Felton at point guard and gives them a legitimate starter at the position.
The Knicks would, however, like to deal two of the players they acquired.
According to Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal, the Knicks would like to move both Dalembert and Larkin.
I’m hearing the Knicks are trying to move Dalembert and Larkin in a separate deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) June 25, 2014
Of course, dealing either player could be difficult and will take some time.
Dalembert averaged 6.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 56.8% from the field and 73.7% from the free throw line last season. Larkin was the 18th-overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, but struggled as a rookie. He was up and down from the D-League and played in just 48 games for the Mavericks. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 assists in 10.2 minutes per game. He shot 38.0% from the field, 31.6% from beyond the arc and 64.0% from the charity stripe.