Once Phil Jackson was installed as president of basketball operations for the Knicks, his first major player personnel move was sending Tyson Chandler out of town.
The trade, consummated with the Dallas Mavericks over the summer, sent Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas, in exchange for Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two 2014 second-round draft picks.
One writer recently declared the deal to be a resounding win for the Mavericks, but once Jackson saw the article come across his Twitter feed, he couldn’t resist defending his decision.
@sheridanhoops negative, I’m okay with the Dallas deal. Tyson fits there and our 3 players, Jose, Sam, and Shane are on the court.
our season got off to a rocky start-injuries-Tyson could not have changed the outcome. Trades are judged in 4-5 year terms.
remember how Pop et al complained about the Pau trade? How does that trade look now? Just relax…and be patient.
The Pau Gasol trade from Memphis to Los Angeles was outrageous at the time, and remains so to this day. It resulted in two championships for the Lakers, and while Pau is now in Chicago, the Lakers are a lottery team and Marc Gasol (included in the deal) has emerged as one of the game’s best big men in Memphis, the Lakers remain its winners — at least until Memphis wins one or more championships with Marc leading the way.
Dalembert has been relatively brutal in New York, and Larkin, while pressed into action as a starter due to injuries in the early portion of the season, still has plenty of developing to do in order to become a useful NBA talent. Calderon may be a legitimate piece, but the results of those picks will ultimately determine whether or not the Knicks did OK in this deal — and as Jackson intimated, we’re a long way away from seeing how things may ultimately play out.