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The first major move in Jackson's front-office career was trading much-maligned point guard Raymond Felton and starting center Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and the 34th and 51st picks in the 2014 draft. Ellington was then traded to the Sacramento Kings in August.
Felton's greatest success came during his first stint with the Knicks in 2010 before ultimately being included in a massive package to Denver for Anthony. He returned in 2012, but by the end of last season, he had severely worn out his welcome. He averaged just 9.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent from beyond the arc.
Chandler signed a four-year, $60 million deal on the heels of a championship with Dallas in 2011. He won Defensive Player of the Year in his first year with the Knicks but never played in more than 66 games during any of his three seasons in New York. Jackson ultimately viewed him as expendable in a deal that would net him a point guard upgrade in Calderon.
Far from an offensive dynamo, Calderon is a reliable three-point shooter who should have no problem taking advantage of the open looks the triangle will provide him. He shot over 44 percent from deep last year, a marked improvement from Felton.
He seems to fit the mold of the triangle point guard. Jackson's never had an elite traditional point guard running his offense, instead letting it flow through the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant and in the post to Shaquille O'Neal or Pau Gasol. The scheme relies more so on passing in and out of the post, capitalizing on angles and ball movement, rather than a point guard initiating offense through pick-and-roll.
Even Fisher, who was so effective in that system, only averaged three assists a game playing point guard for five championship teams with the Lakers.
Calderon should be an upgrade, but it remains to be seen where Dalembert and Larkin fit into the current roster. Veteran center Jason Smith signed a one-year, $3.27 million deal in the offseason as well. He and rookie Cleanthony Early should carve out minutes assuming they can pick up the subtle nuances of the new system.