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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
league trade deadline.

He’ll continue to shop Wilcox and Smith.

He’ll shop Earl Watson and Damien Wilkins.

Presti presumably will shop just about everyone on the Thunder roster, other than Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook.

It’s been an odd 24 hours for Wilcox and Smith, but such is life in the NBA.

Wilcox was headed to his third team in seven NBA seasons. Smith was making his 11{+t}{+h} stop with his 10th franchise.

You have to wonder what it’s like to return to a team that traded you just one day earlier.

Is your heart broken, or is your heart into performing like a professional?

More bad news for the Thunder arrived earlier Wednesday when the Chicago Bulls acquired John Salmons and Brad Miller from the Sacramento Kings.

The Thunder reportedly had been shopping for Salmons (18.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.7 apg).

A magical Tuesday night for the Thunder suddenly has disintegrated.

All the team has to show for it is a new mascot.

Although "Rumble” the bison was a hit, the Thunder still has a hole in the middle.

Wednesday ruined everything.

No wonder they call it "hump day.”

Sometimes, it busts your hump.

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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to rescind the Tyson Chandler trade with New Orleans marks at least the third time since 2005 an NBA trade has been rescinded after a physical examination of one of the players raised concerns.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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