The New York Knicks knew they’d have to make some roster changes to compliment their triangle offense and the game of big man Tyson Chandler didn’t appear to be fit . Given that, the Knicks decided to put the center on the block and the Dallas Mavericks came calling.
It’s not known if they were the only team to express interest in the veteran, but the Mavericks ended up acquiring the former high school star who returns to the franchise after winning an NBA championship in Big D during the 2010-11 season.
That’s something Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban hopes can repeat itself this season, though he still appears shocked that he was able to trade for the defensive minded center.
“It was kind of surprising that we got it done, just because with that many pieces and the fact that no one finds out,” Cuban stated. “I’m glad we got it done. We’re excited. He can kind of quarterback our defense, he makes everybody better defensively and he’ll make Monta [Ellis] better offensively.”
Tyson Chandler isn’t the same player he was during his previous tenure with the Mavs, though he’s still a very competent in a big man, especially on the defensive end.
With plenty of offensive firepower, the Mavericks don’t need Chandler to be a scoring machine though he’ll be able give Dallas an inside scoring presence, something they don’t have much of.
Considering the small price paid by the Mavericks and the fit/need, the addition of Tyson Chandler was among the best moves of the offseason for any team.