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Tyson Chandler Is A Maverick

In Trade Talk on July 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Yahoo Sports reports

The Charlotte Bobcats have traded center Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca to the Dallas Mavericks for Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera, a league source tells Yahoo! Sports.

The Bobcats are likely to waive Dampier and his non-guaranteed $13.1 million contract for the 2010-’11 season, league sources said.

The Bobcats had pulled out of deal that they had agreed upon in principle to trade Chandler and Boris Diaw to Toronto for Jose Calderon and forward Reggie Evans. For Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, the chance to get Dampier’s contract was the biggest part of backing out of a proposed deal with Toronto.

Instead of taking on $30 million of guaranteed money with Calderon, Jordan will only have to pay a combined $17.1 million to Carroll and Najera over the next three seasons.

Thoughts

Charlotte Bobcats

  • Ouch, I didn’t think there was that much money left on Carroll’s + Najera’s contracts. I realized Carroll was owed a fair bit but I thought most of Najera’s was non-guaranteed.
    • Najera is owed $3 million this coming season and $2.75 million in 2011/12
    • Matt Carroll is owed $4 million this year, $3.9 million the next and $3.5 million the year thereafter. The final year is a player option, one which he’ll definitely take.
  • The Bobcats should have taken Jose Calderon.
    • Are they going to be able to get a point guard of Jose’s class for $13 million over three years? No, definitely not. Then pay the money for Jose instead of carrying dead weight.
    • Bloody stupid decision
  • Horrible trade for Charlotte

Dallas Mavericks

  • Still not a legitimate contender
  • This was a very good trade. They dumped a lot of dead weight and gained a very talented player in Tyson Chandler.
  • An quick footed athletic center like Chandler is an excellent fit alongside Dirk Nowitzki.
    • Chandler’s ability to defend both the four and the five is a welcome addition.
    • His speed/quickness + mobility is the difference between Chandler and Haywood defensively … and consequently how well they complement Dirk defensively.
  • Dallas sorely needed a go-to scorer, a legitimate second option to put alongside Dirk, to become a contender. They didn’t get it. They are not a contender.
  • Not only that, but they just used up their best trade asset in Dampier and suddenly find themselves in a situation where they will be hard pressed to find that scorer down the road. Not a good sign for the remainder of Dirk’s career.

Al Harrington

RealGM reports

The Mavericks have targeted Al Harrington in the free agency market and hope to sign him using their mid-level exception.Dallas prefers Harrington over Shaquille O’Neal.

Al Harrington is a waste of minutes.

He would be a terrible signing for Dallas. Exactly what they do not need. A perimeter orientated big man who can’t play defense and doesn’t rebound.

  • If Dallas wants to put a quick forward alongside Dirk or one of their centers at the four spot then they should put Shawn Marion there.
    • Marion and Haywood or Chandler is a game changing defensively combination.
    • Marion gives Dirk more quickness, more transition play, more cutting and movement off the ball + vastly superior defense and rebounding.
  • Dallas needs a bonafide go-to scorer. Not another complementary scorer. Dallas has enough of those with Caron Butler, Jason Terry and Rodrigue Beabois and to lesser extent Kidd, Marion, Haywood and Chandler. What they need is a guy who can create his own shot and score efficiently. Al Harrington does not answer that need.

Al Harrington is another example of Dallas trying to squeeze the wrong fit into their roster and make it work while ignoring larger issues.

Dallas should have been more aggressive earlier in free agency in going after a talented wing player. Someone like Mike Miller or to a lesser extent Dorell Wright instead of wasting away their time on players like Jermaine O’Neal, Shaq and Udonis Haslem + eventually throwing away their MLE on some undeserving target. They lacked focus heading into this summer and it got them burnt.

Summary

A very good trade for Dallas but one that doesn’t answer their greatest need. Still not a legitimate contender.

A bloody awful trade for Charlotte. Horrific. They would have been better off allowing Chandler to expire at the end of the year or trading him to Toronto for Jose Calderon.

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  1. Dave,

    In the ESPN report by Hollinger on the Dallas trade, he quotes a Dallas exec saying “We were out of options.” It seems to me that acquiring Chandler as well as Caron Butler and his contract gives them two legitimate trade chips going into this season. I’d be pretty surprised if they don’t do something else. But hey, what do I know? 🙂

  2. Hey brgulker,

    In the ESPN report by Hollinger on the Dallas trade, he quotes a Dallas exec saying “We were out of options.”

    Yes, this trade definitely had that feel to it.

    I wouldn’t be optimistic about Dallas answering their needs with Butler’s or Chandler’s expiring contracts. I think their best chance to fill that need has came and gone.

    The Dampier deal was more valuable than their expiring deals because it can come off the books immediately + the offseason, especially this year with all the free agents, I thought offered a lot more opportunities than I expect for the remainder of the season.

    I would expect Dallas to make another deal before the season is over (involving one of those contracts) … but I don’t think it’ll be enough to push them over the top.

    It looks like the Mavs are going to be stuck in the same bracket that they have been in. An outside contender, a team that needs a perfect storm. A second tier side.

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