While the New York Knicks are not sure where they stand with Carmelo Anthony after he opted out of his contract, the franchise has already decided to start making changes.
The Knicks decided it was the perfect time to start shaking up the rest of the roster by trading away center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks on June 25.
In return, the Knicks received veteran guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert. The trade also provided the Knicks with guards Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington along with two NBA Draft picks (34th and 51st overall).
It will be interesting to see what direction team president Phil Jackson and coach Derek Fisher will go with the players they have acquired and if it will include Anthony.
For the Mavericks, the trade has Chandler returning to Dallas, where he had a major role as part of the 2011 NBA championship team.
The Mavericks are one of several teams who have an interest in signing Anthony as a free agent, which can make for an interesting dynamic as to whether familiar faces from New York will hurt or help the Mavericks’ chances of landing Anthony.