Charlotte still needs a point guard and, according to sources with knowledge of the team's thinking, has expressed interest in Minnesota's Ramon Sessions.
So the Mavericks ultimately elected to part with Dampier's contract in this deal because the Bobcats were willing to reacquire Carroll, which removes $11.7 million in salary over the next three seasons from a contract Carroll originally signed with Charlotte in the summer of 2006.
One source close to the situation said that the Bobcats will consider keeping Dampier for the short term, instead of waiving him immediately, in case another trade opportunity presents itself.......
But if the Bobcats elect not to trade Dampier, they can release him at any point before the season and instantly wipe $13 million off next season's payroll. One source close to the situation said Tuesday that Dampier is unlikely to re-sign with the Mavericks, as one believed, in the event that he is waived by Charlotte or another team.
"You have to consider that contract is probably one of the most valuable contracts in the league," Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said. "The flexibility is the beautiful part of having Erick's deal, maybe not so much for Erick himself as a player, but for the franchise itself."
But sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Charlotte withdrew from that trade largely for two reasons: Calderon has a 10 percent trade bonus in his contract (which has nearly $30 million remaining over the next three seasons) and Bobcats coach Larry Brown was not in favor of the deal.
While Higgins insisted the deal wasn't agreed upon, the Raptors seemed to think it was. Chandler wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday night that his agent had told him the deal was done, while Evans thanked Raptors fans on his Twitter page.
"We could not be more excited to add Tyson Chandler," Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement. "He is one of the most versatile big men in the league today. He gives our front line a defensive, shot-blocking, athletic punch we haven't had here in a while."
Ajinca joins the newly signed Ian Mahinmi on the Mavericks' list of project big men, while Charlotte prepares to either realize an instant savings of $13 million or offer around Dampier's contract to help find a point guard to replace New York Knicks signee Raymond Felton.