Tyson Chandler To Oklahoma City?

courtesy: Marc Steinstein_marc_35




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.

You’d like to think that the Hornets would first try to get through this season, see how far they go in the postseason and then shop Chandler closer to the draft if moving him remains their best money-saving option, since trading its interior defensive anchor — in spite of Chandler’s struggles this season — would force us to reevaluate New Orleans’ status as a contender. Yet it remains to be seen if the Hornets can pass up such a payroll-friendly proposal. Word is he remains very much available if the right deal presents itself.
Fletcher’s Take:
Wilcox is one of the players I thought New Orleans would target.  I proposed a huge trade involving him weeks ago. 
Make no mistake, it’s a straight salary dump for the Hornets….a trade that keeps them right where they are competatively and eases the teams wallet. 
The Hornets do not get back a ‘big name’ player and they don’t get a player who can score which is something, in my opinion, they need…..but Smith and Wilcox are decent big men who’s numbers are not that different from Tyson Chandler’s this season. 
If Byron Scott can get his team to play up to the level they did last year this trade works…if not…the Hornets will be bounced by one of several teams in the first round of the playoffs.
Personally, I think the Hornets should get a player that is a consistent scorer…defense has not been the team’s problem…scoring on a consistent basis is what’s ailing the Hornets!
6’10, 235 LBS.
University of Maryland

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.

Wilcox was traded on February 14, 2006, to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic.

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.

Suns Thunder Basketball


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.    



5 Responses

  1. we improve side but i think the hornets can get better value than wilcox and smith

  2. TC is one of the best centers in the league; the deal for wilcox and smith makes absolutely no sense.

    I think it’s as simple as Amare for TC and Juju.

  3. Tyson Chandler would do great in Oklahoma City!

  4. with amare being traded off the market it looks like this deal is becoming more likely

    from a basketball standpoint it makes no sense but from a finanical they may pull this off

  5. horrible trade.

    how the hell did we not even get ONE of Oklahoma City’s billion 1st round picks?

    Jeff Bower the retarded walrus.

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