courtesy: Marc Stein
Our freshest non-Amare scenario: Sources say Oklahoma City is going after New Orleans center Tyson Chandler, with the Hornets known to be seriously interested in slicing payroll and with the Thunder capable of offering the Hornets two replacement big men with expiring contracts (Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox) as well as one of its five first-round picks in the next two drafts.
Chris Ray Wilcox (born September 3, 1982 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. He previously played for the Los Angeles Clippers and collegiately at the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terrapins win their first NCAA championship. While at Whiteville High School in Whiteville, North Carolina, he led the basketball team to the 2A State Championship in 1999, before transferring to the Enloe High School for his senior year. In his five seasons in the NBA, Wilcox is averaging 9.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. While playing for the Sonics in 2005-2006, Wilcox averaged 14.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. He was on the starting lineup for 23 of his 29 games with the Sonics that season.
On April 4, 2006, Wilcox recorded a career-high 24 rebounds in a win over the Houston Rockets. Wilcox’s rebound total was the most by a Sonic player since Jack Sikma grabbed 25 at Utah on February 10, 1983.
6’10, 225 lbs
University of Maryland
Joseph Leynard Smith a.k.a. “Silk” and “Smooth Joe” (born July 26, 1975, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA. His height is listed as 6’10”.
Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland. In the 1995 NBA Draft, Smith was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the first overall pick, before fellow power forwards Kevin Garnett, Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace as well as Jerry Stackhouse. Smith was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1995-96 season and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting to Damon Stoudemire.
Joe Smith would play two-and-a-half years for the Warriors before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers midway through the 1997-1998 season. Smith’s statistics declined immediately after the trade, and have never fully recovered.
Now, I’m really inclined to LOVE the Hornets/Thunder trade if the Hornets can take the first round draft pick they’d pick-up in a deal with OKC (let’s assume it’s a lottery protected 2009 1st rounder) and package that selection with the teams own 2009 1st round choice and perhaps a player like Julian Wright and make a deal with a team like Milwaukee for Charlie Villanueva. Villanueva is a free agent to be and the Bucks are reportedly trading several of their top players. Two first rounders and a young player should be enough to land Villanueva. A player capable of playing power forward or small forward Charlie V is currently having his best year as a pro averaging nearly 16 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Another deal the Hornets could perhaps get done for one or both first round picks and a young player like Wright may be with the New York Knicks. I’d love to see David Lee in a Hornets uniform. Lee will be a free agent this summer and like Villanueva he’s having a career year averaging a double double.