Hornets Send Tyson Chandler to OKC; R.I.P. Best Alley-Oop in Basketball
Chandler can be considered a defensive version of Stoudemire, with little offensive impact beyond his beautiful and famous alley-oop connection with Chris Paul. If Amare could turn a team without scorers into a good offense, Chandler can potentially make a bad defense (OKC qualifies) respectable.
Stein reports that the exact contours of the deal haven't been leaked. The deal could work with any combination of Smith, Wilcox, Robert Swift and Desmond Mason; Swift would have to give consent as a player on a one-year deal, and Mason's out for the season.
On first blush, you'd expect OKC to be forced to give up one of their two late-first round picks considering how much more valuable Chandler is than the return package. However, since it is a complete cash-cutting deal for N.O., and since N.O. sold its late-first in 2008, the Thunder might be able to hold on to those assets for use in another potential deal (such as an expiring contract and a pick for Sacramento's John Salmons).
The Hornets were a Game 7 against the defending champs away from the Western Conference Finals last season. Now, the team has sold its best defender, and its third best player overall to get under the tax line in 2009-10. That Morris Peterson contract is the real problem, with James Posey and Peja Stojakovic singing back-up. Sad day for N.O. fans.