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Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 18, 2009 11:32 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2009 12:28 am
 

Tyson Chandler is going back to New Orleans after the Hornets-Thunder trade was rescinded late Wednesday night because the 7-1 centerpiece was not cleared by Oklahoma City doctors.

In a stunning development announced shortly after 11 p.m. EST, the trade sending Chandler to the Thunder for the expiring contracts of Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox, plus the rights to 2008 second-round pick DeVon Hardin, was voided. It wasn't clear what issue Thunder doctors discovered, but it doesn't matter. The deal's off.

"We welcome Tyson back with open arms," Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said in a statement released by the team. "We went into this trade to garner more frontcourt depth to add to our team as we continue our push towards the playoffs. We expect Tyson and the rest of our big guys to step up to the challenge."

Thunder GM Sam Presti said in a statement: "During the course of the physical examination and outside consultations, some questions arose that gave us cause for concern. We felt that this course of action was the best for our organization.”

UPDATE: Yahoo! Sports reports that the injury in question is turf toe, which Chandler had surgically repaired a couple of years ago. Regardless, the next question is this: Where do the Hornets turn now to get the luxury tax and payroll savings they thought they'd achieved with the Chandler deal?

The cash-strapped Hornets thought they were going to save almost $12 million next season and close to $25 over the next two years by trading Chandler. The only way they can clear that much money without tearing up their team is to part with Peja Stojakovic, who is due almost $30 million over the next two years. The trade deadline just became a lot more interesting.

 

 

Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 3:00 pm
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

  Excellent post - one of the best I've digested on this site.




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 10:47 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

Often, the injury occurs when someone or something falls on the back of the calf while that leg's knee and tips of the toes are touching the ground. The toe is hyperextended and thus the joint is injured. Additionally, athletic shoes that tend to have very flexible soles combined with good traction that "grabs" the surface will cause overextension of the big toe




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 10:47 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

Often, the injury occurs when someone or something falls on the back of the calf while that leg's knee and tips of the toes are touching the ground. The toe is hyperextended and thus the joint is injured. Additionally, athletic shoes that tend to have very flexible soles combined with good traction that "grabs" the surface will cause overextension of the big toe




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 10:46 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

Often, the injury occurs when someone or something falls on the back of the calf while that leg's knee and tips of the toes are touching the ground. The toe is hyperextended and thus the joint is injured. Additionally, athletic shoes that tend to have very flexible soles combined with good traction that "grabs" the surface will cause overextension of the big toe.




Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 9:28 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

I know the Thunder really wanted Chandler. He would have filled a big void in the middle. So there had to be something there that looked pretty serious or they would have gone through with the trade.




Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 9:20 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

turf toe is when you bend ur toe back too far and it hyperextends all the ligaments in the toe, and depending on severity can cause pain for years. i got it playing basketball 2 years ago and i still get it




Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 9:15 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

they just call it turf toe cuase nfl players get it the most. what it actually is, is when the toe bends back too far and it hyperextends all the ligaments in the toe. i got it playing basketball and depending on the severity of it it can stick with you for years




Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 9:01 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

This latest twist is a further indication of how really bad the NBA is feeling the economic crunch.

1.  The Hornets clearly believe that the Tyson Chandler we saw in 2007-08 was a player at his peak, and that whether you call it turf toe or not, he is likely to be suffering from some type of degenerative leg disorder that will increasingly affect his movement and leaping ability... which are critical to his game and could foreshorten his career (i.e this is not Vlade Divac here).   Withoubt a doubt, the Hornets tried to pull a fast one on OKC, assuming that OKC and everybody else would focus on Howard Shinn's cash squeeze as a reasonable rationale for the deal, and not take time to look the gift horse in the mouth (or in this case, the leg).  The more you think about it, what owner in his right mind, regardless of his finances, would deal a highly mobile, aggressive, shot blocking center in his mid 20s if that player was NOT somehow damaged goods.  That just does not make sense.   

2.  Remarkable as this might sound, Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox (two Maryland alums, interestingly enough) are extermely valuable players for OKC in the current business environment.  They are "expiring contracts" who can actually contribute on-court (compare that to Etan Thomas or Raef LaFrentz and you get the idea).   OKC rightfully does not want to part lightly with these assets and kudos to their medical staff for evaluating Chandler so thoroughly and taking what was obviously a strong and difficult stand in reporting their findings to management.  Given the enthusiasm OKC fans and all had been showing for Chandler, the doctors clearly had to swim upstream hard to make their point and it must ultimately be a very compelling one. 

3.  How much does this mean to OKC?  Well now, for example, if they fail to land the #1 lottery choice, they have a chance to turn Smith and/or Wilcox plus their draft choice into a deal with, say, the Kings for Beno Udrih, or the Wizards for Etan Thomas, and the overall #1 pick who will of course be Oklahoma's home grown hero, Blake Griffin.   OKC is stll left short at Center but that issue can be remedied in other ways.

4.  As far as the Hornets go, I do hope that Tyson Chandler proves the doctors wrong...  otherwise he will complete the trifecta of horrendous High School Big Man outcomes from his draft year (Kwame Brown and Eddy Curry were the others).     &nbs
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Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2009 8:19 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

Sam Presti knows what he's doing. He cut his teeth in San Antonio. Woulda been nice to have Chandler, but why accept damaged goods?




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2009 6:24 am
 

Hornets-Thunder trade rescinded (UPDATE)

While I am not entirely sure how a basketball player gets turf toe... if it is for real, it is not a joke. NFL players lose seasons from it. Seriously, I would like to know how you get it from basketball!



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