Tyson Chandler isn't returning to Oklahoma City after all. Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the team has rescinded a trade with the New Orleans Hornets for Chandler after Oklahoma City medical officials weren't satisfied with results of a physical taken Wednesday night. Several media reports said the Thunder's concern was turf toe. Chandler had surgery on the toe two years ago, an injury that hampered him at times during last season's playoffs. With the trade deadline nearing today at 2 p.m., it now appears the Thunder won't make a major deal. "Yesterday we were excited to add Tyson, but at the same time we have to make tough decisions," Presti said. "There were some things in the medical process, and outside consultants, that gave us some concern." The deal, pending physicals, was to send Chris Smith and Joe Wilcox and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin to the Hornets for Chandler, a 7-foot-1 center with the reputation for being a defensive force and elite rebounder. Chandler has missed the past 14 games with the Hornets with a severely sprained ankle but was hampered early in the season by a toe injury. "We have to listen to the people (conducting) our medicals," Presti said. "We feel the right decision for us was to move in another direction. 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