The Dallas Mavericks pulled off perhaps the biggest trade of the offseason so far on Wednesday, shipping Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two draft picks to the New York Knicks for Raymond Felton and former Maverick, Tyson Chandler.
Chandler played just one year for Dallas, but made quite the impact in the time. He was named to the All-Defensive second team for the first time of his career and averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks throughout the 2010-11 regular season.
Not to mention, he was also instrumental in helping the Mavericks win its first NBA Championship. His defense and rebounding was crucial in helping Dallas complete the 2011 upset of the Miami Heat.
So it shouldn’t come to anybody’s shock that Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki is pumped about Chandler’s return.
“He helped me get the championship,” Nowitzki said. “We had great chemistry together, and if it’s true I’ll be more than thrilled.”
Not only does Chandler immediately improve Dallas’ roster, it, in turn, makes the Mavericks a more appealing free agent destination. And with Dirk making it clear he’ll participate in the recruiting of free agents to Dallas this summer, it no longer would be a stunner to see them land someone such as Carmelo Anthony.
“For sure,” Nowitzki said, when asked if he’d like to speak with Anthony. “I mean, if Dallas is on his radar, he’s one of the best scorers we have in this league. He can score with the best of them. So if that’s really a possibility, then we’d love to have him.”
The Mavs will reportedly meet with Anthony on the first day they are permitted to do so, July 1.