AccuScore: Chandler's health to tell tale
In a deal announced earlier today, the New Orleans Hornets sent center Tyson Chandler to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forwards Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and the rights to 2008 draftee DeVon Hardin. Chandler has missed the last 12 games with a sprained ankle.
Despite being in the playoff picture, the Hornets faced a serious salary cap crunch and were forced to deal Chandler. The AccuScore simulation shows that the trade's impact on the Hornets depends on Chandler's health the rest of the season - a healthy Chandler was their best option, but the two veterans acquired would be more useful than a slowed version of the center.