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have sent Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin to the Hornets in exchange for Chandler was rescinded Wednesday.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, ESPN.com’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.