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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  122 responses

Report: Okafor/ Chandler Trade Done

by Marcel Mutoni

According to numerous reports, the Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Hornets have agreed in principle to swap big men. Tyson Chandler is headed to Charlotte, and a previously unhappy Chris Paul gets a double-double machine in Emeka Okafor.

What’s shocking to most, is that cash-strapped New Orleans was willing to take on Okafor’s rather large contract (Emeka inked a 6-year, $72 million deal last summer). The Bobcats, meanwhile, will get some cap relief after the 2010-’11 season, when Chandler’s current deal runs out.

Basketball wise, the Hornets are the clear winners in this swap, adding a rock-solid low post presence to a team that won 49 games last season in the brutal West can only improve things for Chris Paul and company.

It certainly won’t bring a championship to New Orleans, but it’s a message to their superstar (and the fans) that the team isn’t sitting on its hands while everyone else loads up; they’re at the very least attempting to remain competitive.

Interestingly, Gerald Wallace is now the only Bobcat left over from the expansion season. I’m sure that makes him feel just wonderful.

UPDATE: The deal is now official.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    First … congrat’s BET. Bobcats 2010 champs baby!!!

    BAHAHAHA

  • von gustedt

    first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    why the hell would the betcats do this. their team showed promise coming into this season, especially in the east

  • knock knock

    hornets just got a Lil’ better

  • Felix

    we’ve reached that point with the nba where teams dont care if they get worse, as long as they get cheaper. maybe half the teams are just cutting payroll any way they can

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Jordan Rules.

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com c-Viz

    N.O. needed to get Birdman back first before they let go of Chandler. Paul’s assists just dropped by 3 a game

  • knock knock

    good for L.A. too as they can never beat charlotte but kill N’Awleans.

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

    That’s just pure bulls*#t right there. Why would the Bobcats do that?

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  • DollaChoppa

    “N.O. needed to get Birdman back first before they let go of Chandler. Paul’s assists just dropped by 3 a game”

    Are you serious? How is cp3′s 11 apg gonna drop when last year chandler didnt play half of the games and was a 8 ppg guy? This just gives cp3 another option who can actually score while chandler was an offensive black hole. CP3 gave chandler points, chandler didnt give cp3 assists. If you dont think he can get the same OR BETTER with emeka, you’re crazy.

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

    disgusting.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    c-Viz: preeeeeeeettty sure CP3 is gonna be just fine, dude.

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

    Okafor is a better scorer, rebounder, shot blocker, and passer. This is just a robbery. The Hornets have just sh!tted on Charlotte again.

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

    Okafor-West-Peja-Mo Pete-CP3 is too damm good not to go far in the playoffs.

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

    Chandler might be a better post defender then Okafor, but Desegna Diop is a better post defender then Chandler, and is already on the Bobcats. This makes NO sense at all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Hey BET!!

  • DollaChoppa

    I really hope Mo Pete and Peja do not start. Hopefully Rasual starts cuz he had a good year last year and then Juju/Thornton can become a starter. Preferably thornton cuz the Hornets really need a good SG. However it would be nice if peja could go back to his 07-08 season form…injury prone MFer. I dont even know what mo petes deal is. Professional bench warmer.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I guess okafor didn’t play the right way.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i thought NO wanted to dump salary with chandler.. thats a 180 from what they tried to do during the season. weird. and is charlotte in the hole? hows the attendance over there betcats? it HAD to be done for financial reasons.

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

    ^buying out/trading Nazr or Diop or even Vlad-Rad would have been better and do-able.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    I’m so effing confused as to why Charlotte did this…they were on the cusp of thier first playoff appearance last year and were getting better…so OBVIOUSLY the best option is to trade your young stud starting center for an injured and overrated one… Okafor is actually a better post defender than Chandler too. Chandler really isn’t a great post defender, he’s just a good shot blocker and rebounder.

  • Anony Mous

    Chandler is gonna average like 4 and 10… Sammy Dalembert anyone?

  • Robb

    “Swapping Chandler (due to earn $11.7 next season) for Okafor ($10.6 million) will save the Hornets just over $1 million next season and COST them AN EXTRA $40-plus million over the final three years of Okafor’s deal if the 26-year-old exercises his $14.5 million option for the 2013-14 season. Chandler has just ONE year left on his contract after this season at $12.6 million.”

    There you go.

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

    ***scratches head***

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

    ^reaches back like a pimp and slapped the hoe

  • Diesel

    Chandler without a great point gaurd throwing him oops is an average center at best. Look at his game when he was on the Bulls. Horrible move for the Bobcats. They’ve actually managed to find a center more injury prone than Okafor while they were at it too.

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    I”m surprised to see the Hornets take on this kind of salary, particularly given the economic situation in New Orleans.
    However, Okafor provides a lot more offense than Chandler, and I think he’s a more solid defender. He and West are undersized, but they can still be effective. Too bad the Hornets didn’t get a legit two or three.

  • Anony Mous

    But what if it was Chandler who helped out Paul? Does Ray Felton (or augustine) become a 12 assist guy? Pfft what am I saying. 30 wins for Charlotte! Yay!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Rumor has it LO is going to Charlotte!!

  • Anony Mous

    really?

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

    James is a liar lol

  • Anony Mous

    lol

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

    according to bleacher report, more players are involved.

  • http://slamonline.com Jacob J

    Okafor: To get dunked on!

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

    Okafor: To block 80% of dunk attempts and get turned into a poster the other 20% of the time

  • Anony Mous

    Okafor: To blow his knees while trying to catch a CP3 alley-oop.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    NO needs to address one more thing though: THEY DONT HAVE A WING THAT CAN HANDLE THE BALL. Seriously, they’re all horrible ballhandlers. CP3 basically has to spoonfeed them buckets, nobody can create off the bounce.

  • Anony Mous

    Okafor: to Blow his knees while catching a CP# alley-oop

  • Anony Mous

    oops for double post.. My opinion they needed John Salmons when he was available.

  • Diesel

    Tyson Chandler to stub his big toe during preseason warm ups and retire from the league.

  • Joz

    This instantly triples Okafor’s oops in a season.

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  • Anony Mous

    3 times 0… hmm…

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

    fun fact of the day: Emeka has averaged a double double the past 5 years. Only Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard have also done that. Chandler averaged a double double ONCE in his entire career.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    This doesn’t make sense, since NO wanted to get rid of money and the cats wanted to get better… but if you switch that around, it makes PERFECT sense, y’know?

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Fun fact: BETCATS will be drunk for the entire rest of the off-season.

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

    FREE CHRIS PAUL!

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

    High is more likely then drunk lol

  • tavoris

    of course this has everything to do with convincing CP3 to shut up with the rumors

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

    Yeah FREE CHRIS PAUL. Poor CP3 just got a 14 and 10 guy with potential to be a 20 and 11 guy. FREE HIM!!

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

    Rod Higgins (the actual Bobcats GM) just announced it. It is a 1 for 1 and is official…..

  • iLL wiLL

    Weren’t the Hornets trying to cut back on salary? Because 6 years and 72 mil seems like a lot of money. I don’t know about you…

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    *waits for amazing Hibachi post*

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    The bobcats sure know how to pick em. play wit it.

  • Jacob

    meh

  • ClydeSays

    So, NO is a halfcourt team now? Thats cool except Peja, CP & Mo Pete don’t play much D. Okafor & Posey will have their hands full defending the opposition.

    As much as I like Okafor, he’s a limited player on the offensive end, seems to be injury prone & has a long term contract.

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

    i made a photomontage Jukai, i will have some words about it in about 2 hours

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    DP, seriously, why do you say “play wit it” after everything? It’s not cool…anyone who has a “catch phrase” on a message board is at least 300 lbs and lives in thier mother’s basement. Also, spelling class called and wants you back…it’s “with” not “wit”…tool

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    @Wayno, DP is an instittution ’round here.
    -ASPOV

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    BET you got me lol.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    I will go on record to say that DP is not 300 lbs.

  • Josh D

    Should cbe interesting 2 c if the Bobcats can still compete 4 the playoffs now if they sign AI, they have a good chance

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Josh, by the way you type, and the ridiculous statement you just made you are probably 15 … good guess?

  • donovan

    Does this mean no more Chris Paul-to-Tyson Chandler alley-oops? :( ………… :( :(

  • Anony Mous

    Lol that sentence made me feel illiterate for a second…

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    DP plays wit(h) it a little too much in his mom’s basement…

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro D

    I’m going on record as saying this is a good trade for the cats if and only if because LB is their coach. This is a man that made Dalembert look productive, Chandler will look like a border-line all-star in comparison. Mek will not improve, it isn’t his nature. 3 years from now when NO is having a fire-sale and CHA is enjoying it’s second trip to the playoffs all will know.

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

    anyone that hates on DP is hating on me two. Take a shot at one, you deal with all.

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

    *too

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

    Bro D: Do you honestly think Emeka wont improve?

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro D

    Plus, CP3 will probably punch Mek in the jewels for dropping all of his alley oops.

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro D

    BET: As probably the only poster who has watched as many Bobcats’ games as you, no, not really. He’ll continue to average a dbl-dbl by default since NO’s bigs are awful (West excluded) but he is what he is, an undersized center who can’t guard perimeter bigs and is paid like an all star. If this was 1994 Mek would be a great center, unfortunately it is 2009.

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

    ^probably true, but i think he will up is points per game by about 5 and rebounds by 2-3 when he reaches his prime. Do you think we did this just to set the stage for another move (bringing in Iverson) or because it needed to be done (ridding ourselves of Okafor)?

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

    *up his points

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    Yo Wayno relax man DP’s style is cool don’t hate.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Bro D: it’s insane to say “TYSON CHANDLER WILL IMPROVE UNDER LARRY BROWN” and not concede the possibility that Okafor might THRIVE under CP. I don’t think he’ll be catching that alley-oop anywhere near as often, but CP’s gonna get him easy garbage points, and Okafor is still gonna get his by himself. Chandler looked absolutely lost when CP wasn’t on the floor, he wasn’t able to do anything other than grab rebounds and lift his arms up. Okafor is a fine defender but will SCORE POINTS, something that was severely lacking on last years NO team.
    And the Hornets have always been a half-court team. Has anyone ever watched them before?

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    and seriously Wayno, chill buddy, DP’s a good dude and has shown way more knowledge of the game than you have thus far.

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro D

    BET: Both, probably. The cap relief was a big factor but mostly because we overpaid Mek in the first place. Mek’s prime was his rookie year, there is no breakout season. The man carries a dictionary around, not Slam mags. He’s a solid professional and I’ll miss him but basketball wise the move is not as bad as others have made it. IDK about AI coming in, but I have a feeling someone else will be.

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    where are all the idiots that said orlando made a huge mistake drafting howard over okafor? i don’t think that charlotte will be going to playoffs. of last year’s 8, philly isn’t returning and washington will be taking one of the spots. the only other iffy team is detroit. this trade feels like a trade for the sake of making a trade.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Like I said before, bad trade for both teams.
    Now, I must digress:
    I was watching some youtube clips of the Lakers/Rockets series this year. My goodness, you guys do NOT know how good a team the Rockets had this year… With Yao the Rockets had a GREAT shot at topping the Lakers, and even winning the title. With a healthy T-Mac too, it would have almost been guaranteed. Seriously, Houston had the deepest team by far in the entire NBA. Stupid injuries. Who else dislikes injuries?

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

    I guess, with hindsight this is a good idea. We needed somebody who wasnt a ‘softee’ and plays with heart. I just think we could have got more then Tyson (who isnt bad, but injured)

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Teddy: Rockets suck.

  • Joseph

    Hornets won this trade. Pretty clear.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    At least with Mek your dealing with some fundamentals, so what if he catches less oops? He’s bringing something different to the table. To me ty-chi is a guy that give’s you length and athleticism but that’a bout it. I think it was J.West that said after three yrs in the NBA a player is who he is. I wouldn’t bet too much on TY’ becoming more or even equivalent to the player he was with CP3 on the court. Larry B’ is good but not “that” good.

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    Love this deal for N’awlins. Okafor is a better player. He’ll get 18-10 for them with CP3 getting him easy baskets like he’s never gotten before. The funny thing about Chandler is that he has a reputation as a rebounder/shot-blocker in the Camby mode – only he’s never averaged two blocks per in a season and averaged only a little more than one in each of the last two seasons. This misconception occurs because it seems like, considering his athleticism and rebounding ability, he SHOULD be a great shot-blocker, too – only he’s not.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    @ BET – Dealing with a mob of fussy 12 year olds is pretty scary and all…but I’ll take my chances. Ok, I’m done instigating for the day…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Jukai: That’s a dumb@ss comment. Don’t be a dumb@ss. Especially when the Suns eat your mosquito bite of a d**k.

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    I think the BETcats clearly come out ahead in this one. Okafor is slightly more polished offensively but he’s way smaller and won’t be able to run that high/low alley-oop. Not to mention that contract is awful. Chandler is younger, bigger, cheaper, and a more athletic defender. I just don’t see a team starting Okafor at Center in the West will ever make it out of the first round.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LOL @ the “E-Beefs”.

  • http://www.sprint.com/pre dma

    and New Orleans gets a draft pick??!! WTF?

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    so okc goes from giving chandler away for expiring contracts to taking on 76 million dollars? are you f’ing kidding me? chris paul will end up getting traded as a result of this trade and the eventual overpaying of david west. not saying it will happen soon but a franchise that is already broke should not take on more financial responsibility without moving in a positive direction.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I agree, Paul is jetting sooner or later.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Okafor is better for Charlotte, Chandler is better for N’Awlins.

  • http://drexlerwasabeast.com nbk

    and antwonomous whether or not you consider chandler a top of the line shotblocker is not what matters its how effective he is on defense compared to okafor….and he is much much more effective. But okafors advanced offensive ability and less injury prone-ness (even though chandler averages more games per season since his rookie year) make the trade a little more even. But okafor really has not improved much since he was a rookie while tyson chandler still has a pretty high ceiling considering he is 27

  • vmcb

    Well, I guess the Hornets are a little better; Okafor is certainly the more gifted offensive player. I don’t see this trade helping either team too much, though. Chandler is a toe stub away from another month in street clothes.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    What the heck is a wayno? Oh well everybody has their opinion. and while the bobcats are getting rid of Emeka, they need to find a way to solve that point guard problem with D.J. and Felton. They only need one and though Felton did alright at the 2 he is a much better player at the 1. play wit it.

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro D.

    I’m going to say this as clearly as I can, Okafor is not a polished offensive player. He has a semi-reliable jumpshot out to 15 feet and a drop step-then-throw up a desperate shot. All of his points are garbage points. Mek and Chandler both have no offense so neither player has better offense. The only difference is that Chandler is cheaper, not under-sized, athletic, and doesn’t get his shot blocked as much. It is not insane to think that Chandler has more potential to improve than Mek. Tyson came out of HS, toiled around obscurity with Curry for a while in Chi, then had a mini renaissance under Byron Scott(!) in NO. Who do you think is a better teacher of basketball, LB or Scott? Hmmm, tough one there. LB got rid of Mek b/c he’s limited and unteachable b/c he has no passion for basketball. My honest opinion, whether insane or not.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Question is, Bro D. who is the better point guard, Chris Paul or Raymond felton and dj combined? I still think they don’t equal chris’ level. Not saying that chris made Chandler look good…..hold up that is exactly what i’m saying. I can agree that they are somewhat equal but I still feel the hornets got the better of the deal. Chandler will do one thing in CHA and that is play defense and rack up rebounds. that is all that will be needed from him anyway . play wit it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    *with

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro D.

    DP: Exactly. All Mek did in CHA was play defense and rebound and Chandler can do it cheaper. And CP3 > Felt and DJ, I’m not an idiot. I’m just saying only Charlotte fans know that Mek is overrated b/c they’re the only ones that watched him. Everybody thinks that he’s going to blossom into the Mailman with Paul and that ain’t happening. I will say though that if you combined West’s offense with Mek’s defense you would have a very decent basketball player. NO is bankrupt anyway, now they’re just fiscally screwed with Mek’s contract.

  • http://www.nba.com Pardeep

    BOBCATS PLEASE SIGN IVERSON!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I understand you now, Bro D. I can see how CHA wins when it comes to the salary cap part of it. Meka is making too much money. play wit it.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Correcting the spelling on “play wit it”, when its MEANT to be slangy? No wonder wayno was the only one (white or not) complaining about the “Larry Bird and the White Players that Play for Him” article.

  • http://www.bebo.com/SupahhHuman B-Moore

    So instead of seeing Okafor getting dunked on in a bobcats jersey.. we get to see people abusing him in in a Hornets uniform..

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    hahaha @teddy-the-bear. much respect guy. play wit it.

  • Anony Mous

    The whole wayno and DP thing is much ado about nothing.. who cares if he puts that at the end of his comment.. don’t like it? ignore it. play wit THAT. lol

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Way no is two words also, or is a really bunked Wayne-O. So should we correct this guy everytime he posts his handle too? No, because we don’t care what your name is or how you post (or why your wayno isn’t Capitalized, grammar police). The content is what counts. How a missing H and a signature made this guy lash out in a one sided fight, we’ll never know. Protip: Don’t play with wayno. I think DP’s “play wit it” is also immortalized in SLAM’s Trash Talk no? “wayno” still ain’t. Let that play wit’chu.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    DP is cool with me. (as is BETCATS; sorry about the trade, my man.)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    yes it was a very one-sided fight because if you “diss me you’ll never here a reply for it” via Drizzy Drake. It’s cool though because I have love for all my Slamonline fam. play wit it.

  • LeoneL

    Okafor, from Charlotte to Hornets. That sounds familiar…

    Anyway, here’s a wallpaper from Tyson’s site:
    http://www.tysonchandler.com/files/images/tc6/wallpaper_2.jpg

  • LeoneL

    LOL.. What just happened with wayno?

    My first comment’s not yet approved because of a link I posted but if you go to tysonchandler.com and go to the fanclub page. You’ll see this wallpaper of Ty posterizing or about to posterize or about to be blocked by Emeka.

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    DP stop irritating wayno, geez.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Breaking News: Charlotte Bobcats, and the L.A. Lakers are joining forces. Both G.M.’s have agreed to become one team. The new location of the stadium will be in L.A. In the same building as the Staples Centre. And the team will be called the Los Angeles Lakers(cats). The team will consist of the top players from both teams. That starting lineup will be Kobe, Pau, Derek, Bynum, and Ron. The bench will consist of Lamar, Wallace, Sasha, Brown, Powell, Adam Morrison, and DJ. Your new Los Angeles Lakers(cats)!!!

  • jumpman3224

    I hope this trade can help get Okafor to a new level!

  • jumpman3224

    I wonder what the Bobcats overall plan is.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    @Antwonomous how am I irritating him? I don’t even converse with the guy on here and I haven’t thrown salt at dude yet. play wit it.

  • ab_40

    remember chris kaman and elton brand a few years back? I can see him and david west post those kind of numbers 15 and 11 and 20 and 9. for your inside guys that is great.

    I have no idea what the bobcats are doing. hopefully there’s antother trade in the works because this just isn’t what that team needs.

    in an interview somebody of their front office wants him to dribble up the ball. no knock on tyson but that’s gonna be horrible to watch

  • http://antwonomous.blogspot.com Antwonomous

    Just messing around, DP.

  • Mo

    @AllenP, with the rebuilding still going on in New Orleans, the economic situation isn’t as bad as it is in other places. I don’t know where people keep getting this misperception of the Hornets and their finances and ‘economic situation’. The Hornets have great season ticket renewals and ad revenue. They aren’t hurting as much as people seem to think. Yeah, they’re a small market team that would prefer to not have to pay lux tax but just about all teams would also prefer to avoid it. It’s just that some are able to and others aren’t. N.O. isn’t only looking to keep their finances in order but would also like to remain competitive on the court while doing so. Chandler may not be able to be on the court much. On paper this is a good move for New Orleans. Now we just have to see how it translates on the court. Bob Johnson is looking for buyers. He gets rid of long term contracts which will appeal more to potential buyers.

  • Mo

    @DollaChoppa, I agree on the assists thing. If Paul can get assists from the likes of Sean Marks, he can surely get them from Emeka.

  • Mo

    @DollaChoppa, I agree with the assists thing. If Paul can get assists from the likes of Sean Marks, he can surely get them from Emeka.

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