BY MIKE BALDWIN •
Modified: February 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm •
Published: February 19, 2009
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We're disappointed it did not work out. At the same time we look forward to having both Chris and Joe back in Thunder uniforms."
Even though Smith's and Wilcox's expiring contracts are commodities that lose value today at 2 p.m., the Thunder won't trade the two veteran forwards just to make a deal.
Presti has said since he arrived in OKC he will trade for players only if he feels they fit the team's long-term plan. He has stressed the organization must make smart decisions and use patience, yet be aggressive when the opportunity arises.
"We're always open-minded," Presti said. "At the same time we're not going to allow this situation to affect future decisions. We have to continue to be methodical as we go through the process of growing our team and growing our organization.
"If we do not do anything (Thursday) we look forward to the spring and summer to continue to improve our basketball team."
Chandler had played in at least 73 games each of the past four seasons but has missed 20 games this season with toe and ankle injuries. His stats have dipped (8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds) after posting a career-high 11.8 points last season and a career-high 12.4 rebounds in 2006-07.
What is turf toe?
It’s a condition typically involving hyperextension of the big toe that results in spraining or tearing of the ligaments at the joint.
It’s common in athletes and derived its name from being a common injury sustained by athletes who play on artificial turf.
The best treatment for turf toe is believed to be rest, allowing the inflammation to subside and the joint capsule to heal.
Source: Merriam-webster.com, orthopedics.about.com