Bobcats trade Chandler to Mavericks

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Charlotte, NC - The Charlotte Bobcats traded center Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday in a five-player trade.

Along with Chandler, the Mavericks acquired center Alexis Ajinca, while the Bobcats received center Erick Dampier, shooting guard Matt Carroll, forward Eduardo Najera and cash considerations.

"Our main goal this offseason was finding a way to reshape this roster and continue the momentum we have established," Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said. "While it's always difficult to give up key pieces of your team, we believe this deal will give financial flexibility and the ability to improve our team at the same time."

Chandler spent last season with the Bobcats, who acquired him from New Orleans in July 2009 in exchange for Emeka Okafor. In 51 games in 2009-10, Chandler averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Chandler entered the league after being selected with the second overall pick of the 2001 draft. In 588 career games with the Bulls, Hornets and Bobcats, the 27-year-old has averaged 8.1 points, 8.8 boards and 1.4 blocks.

Ajinca, the 20th overall selection of the 2008 draft, averaged 2.2 points and 0.9 rebounds in 37 games over two seasons.

Dampier, who will turn 35 years old Wednesday, had spent the last six seasons with Dallas, and in 2009-10 averaged 6.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in 55 games. Over 921 career contests with Indiana, Golden State and Dallas, Dampier has posted averages of 7.8 points, 7.4 boards and 1.5 blocks.

Carroll returns to the Bobcats, who traded him to the Mavericks in January 2009 after he signed with the team in February 2005. He has averaged 7.5 points in 351 career games with Portland, San Antonio, Charlotte and Dallas.

Najera owns career averages of 5.2 points and 3.9 boards in 566 games with Dallas, Denver, Golden State and New Jersey.


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