The Charlotte Bobcats completed a wild 24 hours on Tuesday with a deal that includes center Tyson Chandler after all.
He’s just not heading to the team he thought.
After a deal with Toronto fell apart, the Bobcats sent Chandler and fellow center Alexis Ajinca to the Dallas Mavericks for center Erick Dampier, forward Eduardo Najera, shooting guard Matt Carroll and cash.
The injury-plagued Chandler will join his third team in a year after leaving New Orleans last summer.
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“We could not be more excited to add Tyson Chandler,” said Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson. “… He gives our front line a defensive, shot-blocking, athletic punch we haven’t had here in awhile.”
Bobcats GM Rod Higgins said the Bobcats will either waive Dampier or trade him, clearing about $7 million in salary-cap space.
ILGAUSKAS TO HEAT
Zydrunas Ilgauskas is following LeBron James to Miami. The veteran center, who joined Cleveland in 1997 and has never suited up for another NBA team, expects to sign a two-year deal with the Heat later this week, agent Herb Rudoy said.
JAZZ, WOLVES SWAP
Minnesota wanted to get more athletic, faster and financially nimble. Utah needed a replacement for Carlos Boozer who can score and rebound.
The teams found each other and now power forward Al Jefferson is leaving the Timberwolves, who will get two first-round draft picks and center Kosta Koufos.
FLORIDA RIVALRY ON
Quentin Richardson called friend and now ex-teammate Dwyane Wade before signing with the Orlando Magic, just to say the Heat’s All-Star trio will have some in-state competition.
“He was definitely disappointed,” Richardson said. “But he laughed and joked, ‘The in-state rivalry is on.’ ”
After a year with the Heat, Richardson joined the Magic with a three-year deal worth around $7.5 million.
New Orleans Hornets and GM Jeff Bower “mutually agreed” to part ways. … New Jersey acquired guard Anthony Morrow (three years, $12 million) in a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State.