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Chandler returns to Mavs in six-player trade

The Mavericks and the Knicks agreed to a six-player trade Wednesday that sends center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas three years after he helped them beat the Heat for a championship then left in free agency.

The Mavericks are sending guards Jose Calderon and Shane Larkin and center Samuel Dalembert to the Knicks for Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.

The trade, which is subject to NBA approval, would include Mavericks guard Wayne Ellington and both Dallas picks in tonight's draft — second-round selections at Nos. 34 and 51.

Chandler, 31, is coming off an up-and-down, injury-prone season, but he was the league's defensive player of the year in 2011-12. He is going into the final season of a four-year, $55 million contract. Felton, who turns 30 today, has one year at $3.8 million with a player option for another season.

who is no. 1? The Cavaliers have the No. 1 selection for a second straight year, and either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be an improvement over Anthony Bennett, who had a forgettable rookie season. Wiggins would love to be called first. "It'd mean a lot to me. It'd mean a lot to my country, too," the Kansas freshman from Canada said. Parker, a versatile freshman from Duke, said he realizes the Cavs might want to trade. Julius Randle (Kentucky), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Aaron Gordon (Arizona) and Noah Vonleh (Indiana) highlight some other enticing choices.

heat: With an eye on courting LeBron James, the team reportedly is aggressively trying to move up from its No. 26 spot in the draft to select UConn point guard Shabazz Napier. James, who plans to become a free agent Tuesday, could still return to Miami, and he is a fan of Napier. The club is limited in what it can offer in a deal to move up, with one possibility being point guard Norris Cole, this year's pick and a first-round pick in 2017.

kingS: Forward Rudy Gay exercised his $19.3 million player option for next season

lakers: Guard Nick Young opted out of his contract. GM Mitch Kupchak said the team hopes to bring him back.

nets: Forward Kevin Garnett, 38, appears likely to return, reported.

rockets: Houston agreed to trade center Omer Asik and cash to the Pelicans for a future first-round draft pick, according to reports. That frees up cap space to pursue free agents.

Chandler returns to Mavs in six-player trade 06/25/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:27pm]
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