Well-- though none of the three men is named Jamaal Tinsley or Stephon Marbury, a trade was just completed involving several players who've had trouble getting onto the court as of late.
The New Orleans Hornets traded center Tyson Chandler to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for former Los Angeles Clipper Chris Wilcox, and the former 1st overall pick in 1995, Joe Smith.
Chandler will bring front-court depth to a Thunder team that's in desperate need of (well, anything, but especially) good front-court players. He'll also bring some cap relief to the Hornets, who will start paying Chris Paul mega-bucks next year as his new contract takes effect.
Tyson Chandler averaged a career-high 11.8 PPG and second-best 11.7 RPG last year, as he figured prominently in a Hornets offense that helped lead them to the #2 seed in the Western Conference. He played his first five seasons with the Chicago Bulls after being picked second overall by the Clippers and then immediately dealt, along with Brian Skinner, to the Bulls in exchange for Elton Brand. Chandler leaves the Hornets after 2 1/2 seasons with the team.
Chris Wilcox averaged 13.5 and 13.4 PPG the last two seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics, but with this year's Thunder team, his average has dropped to 8.4, and he's been injured a good part of the season. Wilcox joins his third team now; he was drafted 8th overall by the Clippers in 2002 and played 3 1/2 seasons with them before being traded to the Sonics. He played 2 1/2 seasons for the Sonics/Thunder.
To say the career of Joe Smith has been a disappointment, especially considering he was the 1st pick overall in 1995, would be an understatement. Hell, all three of these guys were drafted too high, in my opinion. He had his best statistical year in his sophomore season, averaging 18.7 PPG and 8.5 RPG, but his career averages are a modest 11.7 and 6.8. Worse, he can't seem to stick around with any one team for too long. Smith now joins his 10th different team; he's played for the Warriors (who drafted him), the Sixers (twice), Timberwolves (twice, and we all remember that story), Pistons, Bucks, Nuggets, Bulls, Cavaliers, Thunder, and now the Hornets.
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It's a shame that ESPN et al will probably be too distracted tomorrow with whatever A-Rod piece they have to really take Jeff Bower to task for this. First, he makes a blatant salary dump by gifting away a solid defender that will be needed in the stretch run of the playoffs. Mind you, this isn't the Rockets or the Suns who would (or rather SHOULD) be happy just to receive a slaughter at the hands of the Lakers, but this team took San Antonio to the brink last year, and is second in the West currently. But OK, fine, I mean one can understand given the state of New Orleans and our economy why it sorta had to be done. However, now the Hornets get caught doing this shit, which wouldn't be tolerated on eBay let alone on a professional sports franchise. Now you have a team that cannot trust management, and will have a rough time not being luxury tax'd to hell. Oh, and the Seattle Sonics are bent over once more.
Please basketball gods, you have already done one good thing by causing this trade not to go through. Now, let Joe Smith not get traded at the deadline, so that he ends up getting bought out by the Thunder and the Celtics can pick him up for a song with their empty roster spot and not get the idiotic idea of bringing in the eternal loser Marbury.
I don't know what to make of this, but Bonzi Wells is going home. So much for the Rockets as the dark horse pick. I'm confident that Luther Head can pick up the ball and run with it, but losing Wells is still a huge blow to Houston.