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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at 2:33 pm  |  140 responses

Trade: Tyson Chandler to the Thunder

by Marcel Mutoni

Besieged by injuries all season long, Tyson Chandler’s year has just gone from crappy to ultra-crappy.

Welcome to Oklahoma City, Tyson. We hope you enjoy your stay here. From Thunder Ramblings:

The Thunder has acquired center Tyson Chandler from New Orleans in exchange for Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith, according to a league source with knowledge of the negotiations.

The Thunder will also include the draft rights to Devon Hardin, the 50th overall pick in the 2008 draft.

As Wilcox and Smith are both set to come off the books this summer, this can reasonably be classified as a cash-saving move for the Hornets.

Thoughts?

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  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    The Hornets are done. I know Tyson was having a down year and doesn’t hardly play a lick of D but this was a give up move. I bet Chris and David are pissed.

  • Jam

    Wow what a retarded move for New Orleans

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    This is only the beginning. I don’t think anyone’s gonna be signing two marquee free agents in the Summer of Free Agent Dreams.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    On the bright side, OKC’s alley-oop rate just skyrocketed!

  • Bear

    Holy S**t. Poor Hornets.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    FREE CHRIS PAUL.

  • riggs

    *sigh* :(

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    I’ll trade my underachievers for your underachievers and we’ll expect something other than under achievement in the future?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    How good can Chris Paul make Chris Wilcox and Joe smith look? He has done wonders for that scrub David West.

  • http://www.twitter.com/SeanEMitchell Homie

    Bleh. Good move for the Hayseeds, but as someone else said CP3 must be pissed. Now who’s going to start in the middle – Hilton Armstrong?

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com cordeazy

    OKC extends their lead in players who need to lift weights.

  • http:www.myspace.com/linkstigatorkevin Kevin Wilson

    New Orleans wasn’t winning the title, Chandler or no Chandler. The deal’s all about cap space, so we’ll have to look at this deal if and when the Hornets use that cap space. I imagine the cap’s going down next season, so being capped out now is now very forward-thinking.

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com cordeazy

    now all they have to do is trade for Livingston

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Totally ready for more Sean Marks.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    Disgusting. No reason for this move. I feel for CP3.

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    I told you all(just look on the VC to San Antonio story bottom comment and my name)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Sam Presti is doing big things for OKC. Chandler just needs to play defense and rebound. He needs to be a better-than-average center. And, if he can accept this role, the Thunder have added a nice piece to the puzzle.

    Some luck in the lottery and this team could be very serious.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    Wilcox is an alright player. Paul will definitely make him better. But this move is still horseshiat.

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    wow now all the hornets have is CP3, West only matters because of cp3. It’s gotta suck to know that your squad is only going downhill from here for a minute

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Oh, and a year ago, this trade never would have occurred. With the exception of Chris Paul, the Hornets are vastly underperforming and no longer are contenders. New Orleans is giving up on its Playoff aspirations with this deal.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    did chandler play at all this season? he made CP3 even more difficult to defend last year because your bigs had to worry about Tyson screen-and-rolling for oops. Tyson was their only (skinny) paint presence last year also with his boards and blocks.

  • Dark

    Damn, the Thunder have 5 first-round picks in the next two drafts?!? If they get hometown guy Blake Griffin, they’ll have quite a young core – Westbrook, Green, Durant, Griffin, and others by then, with Chandler in the middle.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Westbrook-Green-Durant-Blake Griffin-Chandler. That will be a hellacious lineup for OKC.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Dark beat me to it.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    if they get blake griffin, this team is STACKED with young talents and it’s not out of question for them to make the playoffs in 2 years. just look at the blazers, a young all-star swingman leading a talented & hardworking squad.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i’ll have to end my OKC boycott by then.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm….haven’t we said that about Portland for a couple of years now. The Blazers are solid….but eventually these young cats have to get paid and there won’t be enough time to get them to gel and get their paper too. Let’s not go crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Bet the Hornets wish they could un-sign James Posey. Wow, was that a mistake.

  • Clockwork

    Wow, so much for the Hornets alley oops…

  • Jackie Moon

    The Supersonics are going to be good next season.

  • Dark

    Yeah, not to take anything away from James Posey, but your team has to be REALLY good for him to take you over the hump.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Just what I was thinking, Russ. He’s not bring New Orleans a championship. I remember asking a year ago who was better: New Orleans or Orlando. The Hornets were the favorite…this year, there’s no comparison, even without Jameer Nelson.

  • http://danchamb.com.br/Home/ Lz – Cphfinest3

    Mostly on Posey’s part, his shot at more Horryesque moments just diminished.

  • http://danchamb.com.br/Home/ Lz – Cphfinest3

    (@ Russ, 2:54)

  • Dark

    That is something I’ve been wondering, I haven’t really been following the Hornets – why have they dropped off so much this year? Did losing Pargo really hurt that much?

  • Michael

    I hope OKC doesn’t release Joe Smith, because if they do he more than likely will sign with the Celtics,

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Chris Wilcox is a more atheletic David West w/o a jumper and Joe Smith is still Joe smith. Looks like the Spurs will cruise to the top of SW division now.

  • http://danchamb.com.br/Home/ Lz – Cphfinest3

    I think this was a bad move by OKC, they have a nice young trio in Westbrook-Durant-Green (+ all them draftpicks), they should have let Smith and Wilcox contracts run out, and used the money to sign some free agents. Instead they get an often injured Chandler, who’s at best a poor man’s Camby.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Also, the Thunder are now officially scary.

  • Michael

    I mean New Orleans.

  • John

    Good trade, since like everyone else has already said, they weren’t winning with Chandler or without him.

    I thought he was finally showing potential 2 years ago, but he has crapped the bed since.

    Is is just injuries???

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Oh well, at least they only signed him for five years.

  • Joe

    Isn’t Joe Smith just an exact same version of David West? I mean both only shoot 15-18 foot jumpers, Pick-and-Pop players, shooting about 48% from the field, solid defender………..oh wait, no, thats just Joe Smith, um….semi-athletic……oh, uhh, thats only Joe Smith again.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Chandler just seemed to get better while playing with one of the best point guards of all time. He’s essentially the same player that he was in Chicago, in a different system.

  • matt

    although the hornets needed the money, they are done. with this, the jazz will be the 4th seed in the west when the playoffs start.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I think you’re way off LZ. The Thunder got a defensive big man who can run. Which is exactly what their lineup and style of play needed. Chandler was a disappoitment this year, partly because people expected him to score and NO needed him to, OKC will not. Also, i think some of chandler issues this year have (reportedly) been caused by having an infant keeping him and wifey up all night. Sam Presti is a Spurs guy and he knows waht he’s doing.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    F*ck the Tuff Kats. I hope Tyson refuses to report.

  • riggs

    cot damn tuff katz

  • Caleb

    I’m a Hornets fan and I’m absolutely stunned and disgusted by this move. The New Orleans Front Office just gave up on this season with this move. Stupid, stupid, stupid… The Paul/West/Chandler core should have been kept intact. Aaaaarrrgghhhhhh

  • http://danchamb.com.br/Home/ Lz – Cphfinest3

    Ciolkstar; Fair enough. I acknowledge that Presti has done a good job up until now. But Chandler might be able to run and jump (if he’s healthy) still do not underestimate what CP3 did for his game. Chandler will go back to his Chi-town level in OKC, and that’s just not worth the money – was it 5 years? Also Chandler is an adequate defensive big because of shotblocking and rebounding, but don’t be fooled he’s average as a 1 on 1 post defender. Btw how many infants was keeping him up in Chicago. NBA players have kids all the time, probably have stay-at-home wifes/girlfriends/leeches, and for sure have money to get their bedroom sound isolated. Tyson dealing with a newborn is a very lame excuse imo.

  • Caleb

    @Dark – injuries. Tyson, D West, CP3, Morris Peterson, Hilton Armstrong, they’ve all missed time.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Damn. Just when you thought everything was changing.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    OKC is quickly becoming one of the most fun to watch teams in the league.

  • http://danchamb.com.br/Home/ Lz – Cphfinest3

    what; co-sign – been saying this since the beginning of the season. And it will only get better when they ship Earl Watson’s ugly face out of there.

  • mrgoode

    OOOOOO MANNN
    NBA 2K9–OKC…GONNA BE CRAZYY

  • riggs

    dont diss earl and his imp-like qualities Lz

  • donlaker

    one lob does not a championship make, well cp3 i guess the day of the 26 lob passes is over
    now you can pick and pop or give and go with chris wilcox , he is a beast down low. tyson
    i know it was that picture of you on the skate half pipe with your vans on
    memo to players: don’t wear your vans around the coach /practice you will get traded to a lottery team see; vlad rad /tyson chandler for co sign/concur

  • Scott

    What is this guy talking about “ultra-crappy?” He fails to mention that Durant is the most talented young player in the game, and that Westbrook might be rookie of the year. Jeff Green averages almost 17ppg AND they hold 5 first round picks in 2 years. These guys are gonna be sick in the next couple years with Chandler.

  • dpak

    a motivated chris wilcox is better than chandler.

  • thebigticket05

    KD all the way baby

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m going to breakup this party and report a rumor I just heard on the radio:
    Wally Sczdfgbbfrff to the Wiz for Jamison and Etan Thomas.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    TAD: how’s the salary match on that rumor?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I just checked it and the trade actually works. I heard it on the John Thompson radio show and he has good connections in DC and on the Wizards, so it seems like a good rumor.

  • riggs

    @TAD:…….whoa.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    wow, way to break up the best pick and roll since happy steve nash and happy amare stoudemire (last seen early feb. 2008). it’s a little puzzling that they gave up on chandler as part of their core when he’s been injured all year. who do they think they’re going to pick up in the off-season to replace the interior defense? definitely agree that they made a huge mistake signing posey when they should’ve addressed their lack of depth at 1 and 5. i think chandler’s great for okc. he is a very underrated post defender who doesnt gamble on blocks like marcus camby does. but can russell westbrook get him involved in the offense like chris paul could? and seriously, isnt chandler, jeff green, and kevin durant the skinniest front line in the nba? who’s going to bang with the carlos boozers and dwight howards of the world?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Does him now being on the same team as Chris Paul,allowing him to bask in CP3′s sacred glow of contagious greatness,make Chris Wilcox a shoe-in for 2010 Superbowl MVP?I think so.

  • Caleb

    @Lz – if you doubt Chandler’s defense all you have to do is look at the Hornets this year with Chandler in the lineup and with Chandler out of the lineup. With Chandler playing, the Hornets allowed the fewest points in the paint per league. With Chandler out, it wasn’t even close.

    As a Hornets fan I want to be optimistic, but I’m pretty upset right now.

  • donlaker

    chris wilcox looks like he could get a first down on a short yardage play

  • vmcb

    dayum. OKC looks to have a much improved starting line-up once Chandler is healthy enough to play.

  • Caleb

    *in the league.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wow. If Wally for Jamison and Etan Thomas goes down it’ll be an even bigger steal than Pau Gasol last season, largely because it will actually work. I actually hate those kinds of deals and think they’ll have to be adressed in the next collective bargaining agreement. I mean that deal would be a total coup, and make the Cavs into HUGE favorites.

  • donlaker

    with antwan,
    the cavs will smoke the celtics like some blueberry kush

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I hear ya LZ, in terms of Chris Paul helping Chadler’s offensive game, but I just think his role will be to score on putbacks and the occasional oop. His real impact should be on defense and rebounding and even running the floor. And the kid excuse is not one he made publicly but has been reported. Also, I wish Wilcox was a decent NBA player, but he’s just not. The Hornets ownership is crap and I could see CP3 shutting it down if he gets another little injury towards the end of the season. And likely peacing out once his deal is up if this is how they react to a slightly underwhelming season.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @ciolkstar: my sentiment exactly.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    regarding to the jamison trade.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    ”a more atheletic David West w/o a jumper” what does that even mean?!
    TAD, whoa Jamison… Wallace basically has to to sit down. I’d start Andy V. Bring in Jamison as the 6th. JJ would be the 4th big. Jamison is a legit bucket-getter. He could even spare LBJ at the 3 for 5-10 mins a game. Whoa.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Who am I kidding?! Jamison would start, no doubt. So that’s Mo-Delonte-Bron-Jamison-Z. Andy, Sasha, Boobie, JJ and Ben (in that order) off the bench. Whoa.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    It means that Chris wilcox is more atheletic than David west but can’t shoot as well. Seems pretty clear to me…

  • Sarah

    Praise Jesus. I can rest easy knowing that I will no longer be subjected to multiple Paul to Chandler alley-oops that leave Tim Duncan standing dazed under the basket every time the Spurs & Hornets meet. Happy Birthday to me!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Sarah: that’s exactly what i had in mind when i mention about big guys having to guard the oop. without that weapon, i think the hornets would have lost in 5 games last playoffs to the spurs.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i know what it means, ciolkstar. what i was implying (in a smart-ass way) is that they don’t have anything in common besides the color of their skin and the position they play.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The only reason I used West in the comparison is because he’s on the team that Wilcox is being traded to. They’re both undersized 4s.

  • CHE

    what the hell is new orleans thinking? This is retarded.
    Side note i am on the phone with some guy from india who can’t speak english and is getting mad at me for not being able to understand me. If you are going to work in american learn the dayum language.

  • JOE

    BAD MOVE…. JUST BAD.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Since when being 6’9-6’10 is considered undersized at the 4-spot?! Anyways, that’s neither here nor there. It must suck to be a NO fan today.

  • aotearaw

    Free Sean Marks!!!

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    CHE
    It’s called outsourcing, ever heard of it?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    CHE:”Gaad,can’t you people speak American?”.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    David west might be listed as 6-9 but he’s closer to 6’8″ and has short arms/no hops. Wilcox can block some shots but is not as physical as West. If you put both guys together you’d have a pretty good starting PF.

  • Sarah

    @albie1kenobi: Oh yeah, they now scare me (as a Spurs fan) much less than they did after that 7 game series last year. When you think of how many oops he got every game — and how many easy points that translates to — it is a big loss for CP3 and his boys.

  • Todd Spehr

    Just had to point this out, but The Oklahoman is today asking the question as to who has the brighter future: Hornets or Thunder. Think about it… it’s not as easy as it seems.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    AllenP and CHE, at it again. Not to be rude but from reading CHE’s comments he could probably stand to spend a little more time brushing up on his “American”.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    It is pretty easy and the answer is the THUNDER. Besides CP3 the Hornets don’t have anything. They still don’t sellout many games and they’re not a big enough media market to make much off of TV/licensing/etc… They are just CP3 and some also-rans.
    OKC might be a sh!thole but atleast their frontoffice is putting an enteratining product out on the floor and building towards the future. Their fanbase is already a lot better than the one in New Orleans. The Thunder also have a bunch of future 1st rounders coming up. I could see CP3 leaving as soon as his deal is up if this is the way the Hornets deal with adversity.

  • http://sportcetera.blogspot.com/ LeoneL

    Why oh why?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    LOL @ Michael NZ
    @ Hornets: *facepalm*

  • Caleb

    As long as the Hornets have CP3 – the future is still incredibly bright. But this still really really sucks.

  • Stargazey

    The ESPN dude predicted this almost exactly.

  • CHE

    Allenp it’s called america sending jobs overseas instead of giving it to their own people. I know exactly what it is and I hate it.

    ciolkstar touche

  • CHE

    damn all the little spell checkers in here. God forbid someone have spelling errors on a blog. lol

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    100! Sam Cassell to Sacramento for a 2nd rounder. Get on it SLAM!

  • http://fdklf.com Jukai

    I know this is already at a 100 posts, but I already called this in the liveblog for the all-star game. So I win.
    Moose loses for reporting what SLAM already reported.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    well, this obviously doesn’t make them any better, but i don’t see why it’s being called such a bad move. Tyson and CP were more about CP anyway, i’m sure he’ll het Wilcox and Smith their easy shots as well, and i do mean shots, since Tyson could only dunk. It gives them more options than just throwing him an alley, although it was effective, it doesn’t work every time, if it did then they’d just do it over and over. Eventually you need someone who can shoot also, especially with an anemic bench. They might improve a bit if Joe smith can play like last year, but that’s about it.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    So if you’ve heard of outsourcing you know they don’t work in America.
    That was my point.

  • L33tSauce08

    More reason for Chris Paul to go play somewhere else. West too. Who wants to play for a franchise only worried about saving money? Not competitors like CP3 and West.

  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    i’m surprised NOH would shut their season down at this stage..It seems like the race to pick up off contract superstars at season’s end (or beyond) is outweighing a ‘chip this season..

  • Caleb

    RV – its called defense. The team has plenty of shooters, it didnt need Tyson for offense. It needed him to protect the paint and crash the boards, and when healthy he does those two things incredibly well. Wilcox and Smith will not replace that.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i’m with Caleb on this. Tyson was the 2nd most important Hornet last year. CP3 took care of everything on offense and some perimeter defense, and Tyson manned the paint. he was the only defensive presence on the team. i mean david west had that nice block on duncan in the playoff, but you can’t count on him to play D like that consistently.

  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    Maybe the Hornets are thinking like the Pistons, rebuilding slowly while still making the playoffs..Not a bad strategy IMO. Better than selling everybody and starting from scratch like some clubs do.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hmmm…
    A trade for the sake of making a trade perhaps?
    I would have thought moving your only half decent (if overwhelmingly underperforming) centre in a division and conference laced with star bigs should have only come about with ‘phoenix-like’ team issues…

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The Hornets do need more points out of their frontcourt though, and while their defense should struggle to keep people from attacking the rim, Joe Smith could provide some added scoring. Although, how many more pick and pops can they really run? I still think they need to start playing Julian Wright.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    They should’ve never traded J.R. Smith. Can you imagine how sick they would’ve been?

  • http://jamescleaton.ning.com jaymes

    Yeah ciolk, West alredy provides what Joe brings to the table, and Wilcox, i don’t know what he’ll do for them?..i think it’s safe to say this was a financial move for the future and nothing but…

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Chris Wilcox is having a shaky up and down year during a CONTRACT YEAR. I see Europe in his near future.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    I have a theory: teams who make their jerseys look better fail.
    The Hornets’ new jerseys are gorgeous but they suck, last year their jerseys were crap and they flirted with the conference finals. Same with the Sonics, Raptors, and Suns.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    @ Z: the Jamison trade won’t happen because he said the Crab Dribble was a travel back in Jan.

  • Clark Kent

    The Thunder is going to be hell to deal with in a year or 2. Durant is that dude already, the rest of the league better hope they don’t get Blake Griffin. Even if they don’t they have loads of cap space and they have 5 1st round picks over the next 2 drafts. Yikes!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i think Tyson’s D was overrated, a guy with his athleticism and length should be swatting like 2 or 3 shots a game and i believe he was like at 1.5 or so….i don’t think wilcox or smith are alot worse defenders and they’re better offensively, so i see it balancing out. I’m not saying it was a good trade, i just dont think it’s such an obvious bad trade..

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    RV i dont think his defense was overrated. To me, that guy was absolute garbage when it came to scoring. CP3 saved his career. I think Chris Wilcox and Chris Paul is a nice combo. CHRIS CAN DUNK. He also can do some scoring too, so i think the Hornets win

  • knowsense.

    and the hornets didnt get any thunder draft picks because?

  • knowsense.

    and the hornets didnt get any thunder draft picks because?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    because you doubled posted!

  • Caleb

    @RV – defense isn’t measured solely by blocks, in fact, I’d say blocks are a pretty minor part of defense. If you follow the Hornets you know how important Tyson was on the defensive end.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    DAMMIT! Just realized that, Jukai. Sorry, y’all . . .

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    RV’s right though.
    I’ve watched New Orleans about 15 times this year, and I haven’t seen Tyson Chandler do anything. He’s been horrible. Not mediocre, not decent. Horrible. In December, Dwight Howard chewed him up and spit him out – Chandler finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds in less than 25 minutes. At the beginning of January, he put up 7 points, 4 boards, and 3 turnovers in less than 25 minutes against Portland. He’s getting paid almost $12 million, and he only mustered double-digits 16 times this season. That’s bad.
    For about half that price, there’s no doubt that Chris Wilcox can do pretty much the same thing. In fact, I think that Wilcox plays harder than Chandler does, and even if he’s not as good a shot-blocker, he might be a better post defender. If Chris Paul can work his magic as a leader, and bring Wilcox along as a real contributor on this team, this will prove to be a good business and a good basketball move.
    The CP-to-Chandler alley-oop isn’t going to hurt much because it hasn’t been there at all this year. I think that’s partly Chandler’s fault, and partly Byron Scott’s fault for not finding new, creative ways to take advantage of CP’s sensational passing skill.
    But with Wilcox on board, there’s no reason that he can’t put up numbers better than the 8 points and 8 boards that Tyson tallied. The biggest question is whether he can get up and block a shot per game. Chandler was only swatting 1.4 per night, which isn’t a huge loss.

  • MalevolentKing7242

    Jeez. the thunder got a good decent center for almost nothing. Anybody think this is like the pau trade?

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    @ anyone who thinks Wilcox will help New Orleans in any way: he won’t. Wilcox is a lazy @ss who dunks when he’s wide open. He can’t play defense, he can’t shoot at all, he even has a hard time getting his butt down the court because he’s out of shape. And Joe Smith has lost his touch. I think New Orleans was stupid for this, but I’m a big Thunder fan so I’m not complaining. Great move by Presti.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    two words about chris wilcox – chris paul and contract year. he’s gonna be a fantasy steal.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Can’t believe there isn’t a topic for this but…
    Happy 46th birthday, Jordan.

  • kingofsota

    wow okc got alot better with this westbrook/durant/green/collison/chandler is a good starting lineup

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jack

    Joe Smith will have the best production of his career with CP3. He done the same for David West.

  • Harry J

    Oh well.
    Could have been worse, will be interesting to see how this pans out.

    A shame to see TC go to the Thunder though.

  • Ronny D

    Seems a strange trade.
    Shame to see Tc split from CP3.

  • Harry J

    Wilcox will prove people wrong!

  • Willy G

    What’s people thoughts on what J Smith has left in him???

  • Tombomb15

    Wilcox is athletic, at least expect some massive alley oops!!! It could work, Smith can shoot and Paul can pass, = points on the board.
    This may raise CP3′s assists by 3 a game!

  • CHE

    AllenP he actually does work in America because he called from the office located in michigan. But besides the fact he works in AMERICA I hate outsourcing also. Big businesses in order to save money hire people from other countries for pennies to do the job. They Also can’t speak a lick of ENGLISH and are a pain in the balls to understand. But it’s good to see you are still your argumentative self.

  • im just sayin

    i has reason to agree with this move…let me explain……the hornets lose a great shot blocker and rebound but if bryon scott work the minutes right the team defense just improved alot. remember chris wilcox is a good team defender and just think dwest cp3 and joe smith….. pick andd muah!@#$ing pop. joe smith is a quility guy for now .. so it dont look like the hornets is tanking the season and now they can sign another big man and a nike bookbag….im just saying

  • donlaker

    i hope tyson has a chip on his shoulder. and is able to play some games this year , the thunder is /will be, a sick team to deal with , youth and length and ffast guards , go thunder…..
    memeo to cp3 : dont shut it down yet despite what the owners think……

  • http://nyer.sosblog.com Be A Real Fan

    Even tho its almost at 150 and I know no one reads this far down…I got to put my vote in for NOH. I think you traded one C (Chandler) for two PF/C’s. Wilcox is bigger and stronger than D West so if he comes off the bench at least he’ll present a different look than West. And Joe Smith won’t make bone headed defensive decisions. Joe Smith’s pinky can pass better than Chandler so he’ll keep the ball moving and it won’t feel like 4 on 5 basketball everytime the Hornets get the ball. I see what everyone sees in terms of OKC getting an established big man and filling that huge hole but if the NOH are going to make a push they need their big men healthy. Its a good trade for both IMO.

  • rob

    LATE BREAKING NEWS! tyson chandler “failed” his physical and the trade was rescinded! on purpose much? knowing chandler, he prolly thought he was screwed when he got traded. nowhere else is he going to average 8 and 8. ughh i wish he was averageing 9 and 12 like he was a couple years ago. anyways what do you guys think?

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