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Tyson Chandler among those Thunder could acquire

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 16, 2009 at 12:27 am •  Published: February 16, 2009

Three players who might be on the verge of joining the Thunder.

Tyson Chandler, New Orleans Hornets

Financial concerns in New Orleans have the Hornets ready to part with one of the game's best young, defensive big men. Chandler is earning $11.3 million this season, and a deal for Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith would work under the league's collective bargaining agreement rules.

John Salmons, Sacramento Kings

Oklahoma City will have to offer more than just Smith to land this multifaceted swingman. The Kings are admittedly open to trading anyone not named Kevin Martin, but Salmons has driven the price up with his career-high 18.3-point scoring average. Still, his manageable contract, at just $11.2 million over the next two seasons, makes him a worthwhile acquisition.

Marquis Daniels, Indiana Pacers

He has an injury-riddled history, but a nice all-around game and would add some perimeter D. A straight-up trade for Chris Wilcox would work under the salary cap. The Pacers, with shooting guards Mike Dunleavy and rookie Brandon Rush, could be in a position to send off Daniels.