Dal­las trades Erick Dampier to Bob­cats, gets Tyson Chan­dler in re­turn

Dal­las adds bulk in big man Chan­dler

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

DAL­LAS — The Dal­las Mav­er­icks played their off­sea­son trump card Tues­day, deal­ing Erick Dampier and his juicy con­tract.

All they got for it was a backup big man.

The Mav­er­icks con­sider that over­sim­pli­fi­ca­tion. To club pres­i­dent Don­nie Nel­son, the three-for-two deal with Char­lotte that brought them Tyson Chan­dler fills a lot of needs with­out any draw­backs and, most of all, it bulks up their front line to bet­ter take on the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

“This gives us a re­ally nice, ath­letic punch,” Nel­son said. “We have a for­mi­da­ble front line. This might not be a grand slam home run, but it’s pretty good for what we’ve got to go up against in the West.”

Mavs fans have been view­ing Dampier’s con­tract like a win­ning lot­tery ticket ready to be cashed in be­cause of its unique sta­tus: ex­pir­ing at $13 mil­lion and non-guar­an­teed.

Al Jef­fer­son was a se­ri­ous tar­get. Just when Min­nesota’s ask­ing price started go­ing up, Char­lotte’s pro­posed deal that would’ve sent Chan­dler to Toronto fell apart.

“So we switched,” Nel­son said. “We’d talked to Char­lotte about Chan­dler in the past.”

Jef­fer­son is younger and could be dy­namic. But he’s far more of a scorer than a de­fender and Dal­las al­ready has one of those in Dirk Now­itzki. Plus, the Mav­er­icks would’ve had to give up more to get him, in­clud­ing fu­ture draft picks, and take on the re­main­ing $42 mil­lion over three years that’s left on his con­tract.

Dal­las was able to send Matt Car­roll and his bad con­tract to Char­lotte and threw in Ed­uardo Na­jera. The Mavs also re­ceived 7-foot project cen­ter Alexis Ajinca. Dal­las also signed re­serve cen­ter Ian Mahinmi, who spent the last two years with the Spurs and the Austin Toros.

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