With the recent opting out of Carmelo Anthony from the team, the New York Knicks are starting to move its pieces for a possible contention in the Eastern Conference.


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Reached an Agreement

Although there is no official announcement yet, sources say that Knicks President Phil Jackson has reached an agreement with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday to send key players Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton in exchange for Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, and Shane Larkin, plus the Mavs’ two second-round draft picks (#34 and #51).

Chandler is a familiar face for the Dallas crowd as he is a part of the 2010-2011 roster that won the NBA championship against Miami Heat. He has one year worth $14.6 million left on the contract, while Felton, who displayed one of his worst seasons, has one more year at $3.8 million with a player option for another season in the same range.

A Possible Lopsided Deal

Questions plagued Jackson on a possible lopsided deal, but he said that Calderon is a good fit to run the triangle offense. Calderon is one of the league’s premier 3-point shooter and steady ball handler, shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc last season, though he was tagged as a defensive liability in close games.

The Knicks don’t have draft picks prior to this trade, which still needs approval from the NBA.