Last week, the New York Knicks swung a deal that sent center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks for point guard Jose Calderón, center Samuel Dalambert, swingman Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and two second round picks that wound up being former Wichita State Shockers’ swingman Cleanthony Early and Greek swingman Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the brother of Milwaukee Bucks’ swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The trade presents the Knicks a massive upgrade at point guard in Calderón and he hopes to play with forward Carmelo Anthony, who will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday. According to Brian Mahoney, Calderon is very excited about the possible chance to play with Anthony.
Acquired from the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Calderon is coming to a Knicks squad that is faced with losing Anthony to free agency next month.
If the All-Star forward stays, he may benefit from playing with Calderon, the longtime point guard for the Spanish national team who is an outstanding 3-point shooter.
“He’s one of the best players in our league and I’d love to play with him,” Calderon said Friday during a conference call. “I think I could help him to just take a lot of pressure out of him, just give him the ball when he’s ready for it.”
Anthony put up 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game and shot 45.2% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 84.8% from the free throw line last season. Calderón put up 11.4 points, 4.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 45.6% from the field, 44.9% from beyond the arc and 82.5% from the free throw line last season.