For the second year in a row, the Wizards managed to fill a need by taking advantage of a team looking to make a big move in free agency. The Wizards assisted the New York Knicks in their efforts to acquire center Tyson Chandler by using their available salary cap space to take on Ronny Turiaf in a three-team deal that involved the Dallas Mavericks.
The Knicks needed to clear up room to sign Chandler and dumped Turiaf’s $4.2 salary on the Wizards. To sweeten the deal, they also added a 2013 second-round draft pick and cash considerations. A source with knowledge of the transaction said the Wizards received $3 million from the Knicks. Since Turiaf’s pro-rated, 66-game salary will actually be closer to $3.4 million, the Wizards will essentially rent for free a veteran big man who fills a need for an inexperienced front line.
The Wizards also received a 2012 second-round pick from Dallas in exchange for a 2012 protected second-round pick. The Knicks received Chandler and the rights to Ahmad Nivins and Giorgos Printezis from Dallas, while the Mavericks got Andy Rautins from the Knicks.
There is no LeBron James in this free agent class, but Chandler was arguably the biggest catch. The Wizards utilized their cap space to make similar deals with James pursuers last season, acquiring Kirk Hinrich and $3 million from the Chicago Bulls and later Yi Jianlian and $3 million from the New Jersey Nets.