Worst: The return package for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton
The 2014 offseason allowed Phil Jackson to go to work on the New York Knicks roster. One of his first moves sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, who were impact players on the 54-win team from the 2012-13 season, to the Dallas Mavericks.
While the Knicks arguably needed to change some pieces after a 37-win season, they barely managed to secure a return, which brought in the aging Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two 2014 second-round picks.
Calderon stuck around as a starter, but he was not the player that filled the stat sheet with the Toronto Raptors. That’s while Dalembert only lasted half a season, before the organization waived him, and he never played another NBA game.
Ellington, who turned into a fine player, was sent away before the 2014-15 season started. The other youngster, Larkin, played one season but never displayed more than backup skills and left the team after one year.
As for the two picks, they became Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Both fell out of the Association in a blink of the eye.
Chandler and Felton never starred for Dallas, but Jackson did not overwhelm with the return package, which later became the case with JR Smith and Iman Shumpert. The perception of “he could have received more” lingered.