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OKC Thunder has to regroup after failed Tyson Chandler trade

By John Rohde Modified: February 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm •  Published: February 19, 2009
On Tuesday night, New Orleans players were upset they had lost center Tyson Chandler in a trade with the Thunder.

On Wednesday night came the true upset.

The trade that would have sent Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin to the Hornets in exchange for Chandler was rescinded Wednesday.

There was something in Chandler’s physical examination that gave the Thunder "cause for concern.”

Such occurrences are not that common in the NBA, but occasionally do happen.

When red flags are waved, it’s with good reason, which makes you wonder about Chandler’s basketball future.

A trade that was sung nationwide now has gone silent.

Before the bad news arrived,’s John Hollinger had graded the trade. He gave the Hornets a C and the Thunder an A.

Now, both teams end up with an incomplete.

The Hornets tried to clear some cap space with the trade, and the Thunder tried to fill a gaping hole in the middle.

Neither team got what it wanted.

"We welcome Tyson back with open arms,” Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said in a statement.

Oklahoma City also had its arms wide open for Chandler.

The Thunder wanted Chandler big-time, which means it must be something pretty ugly for the Thunder to rescind the trade.

Chandler has battled toe/foot/ankle injuries this season, which has limited him to 32 games. Yahoo Sports reported late Wednesday the trade was nixed because Chandler had a horrid case of turf toe.

In 2003-04, Chandler missed 47 games, including 43 games due to lower bad back.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti was the toast of Oklahoma City for acquiring Chandler.

Heck, Presti was the toast of the league.

Now he’s back to the drawing board.

Presti will try to work another deal before today’s 2 p.m.

NBA trades
Undoing trades: Not something that happens often
The Thunder’s decision to rescind the Tyson Chandler trade with New Orleans marks at least the third time since 2005 an NBA trade has been rescinded after a physical examination of one of the players raised concerns. Oklahoma City has now been involved twice.

February 2006: Hornets-76ers deal
The Hornets, playing the first of their two seasons in Oklahoma City, rescind a trade with Philadelphia for center Steven Hunter. The deal would have sent Philadelphia second-round picks in 2006 and 2007.

August 2005: Nets-trail Blazers deal
The New Jersey Nets rescind a trade with Portland for forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim. The deal would have sent Portland a 2006 first-round pick.


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