We welcome Tyson back with open arms, said Hornets General Manager Jeff Bower. We went into this trade to garner more frontcourt depth to add to our team as we continue our push towards the playoffs. We expect Tyson and the rest of our big guys to step up to the challenge.
Forward Joe Smith, center Chris Wilcox and the draft rights to center Devon Hardin will immediately rejoin the Thunder.
Chandler is averaging 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds this season through 32 games (all starts). He averaged a career-best 11.8 points to go along with 11.7 rebounds in 79 games (all starts) for the Hornets last season.
Chandler will re-join the Hornets in Los Angeles before their game against the Lakers on Friday.
HORNETS QUOTES ON CHANDLER RETURN
[Questions from the New Orleans media, at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday]
Q: When did you find out that the trade had been reversed?
Scott: Just now.
Q: Are you shocked?
Scott: I knew it was a possibility. From talking to Jeff (Bower) yesterday, I knew it was possible. So I wasnt too shocked.
Q: Is his ankle (in) worse (condition) than you thought?
Scott: I dont know the results of (Oklahoma Citys) doctors taking a look at him. But like I said, hell be back here tomorrow, everyone will give him a big hug, and well try to get ready for this next (road) trip.
Q: You talked about how happy you are to have him back, but are you still a little concerned about the frontcourt depth?
Scott: Definitely. Im definitely concerned about it. I thought Jeff Bower made a good point to our guys that it was strictly a basketball decision, based on what we needed, and our disappointment in some of the guys we (already) have. That hasnt changed. Obviously with Tyson coming back, we need to be a lot more focused, a lot more aggressive and a lot tougher than we have been in the first 50-plus games. We were able to do it with pretty much the same group last year, so theres no reason why we cant. Its just a matter of guys being focused and determined to play big.
Q: Is there anything specific you say to Tyson?
Scott: I will say two words to him: Welcome back. Now lets get healthy and get back to it.
On his reaction to hear the Chandler trade was rescinded:
Im excited. Im happy to have him back. I hope he can hit the ground running. Hes still injured. I think he can give us a huge lift. Tyson is family to us, so there wont be any animosity when he comes in here. He understands whats been the goal all along.
Im very shocked. I knew TC was injured and had some issues, but this happens sometimes. Now we get him back.
On integrating Chandler back into the lineup:
Well get him re-acclimated. Hes only been gone a day. [grins]
On his reaction to hearing the Chandler trade was rescinded:
Obviously Oklahoma City didnt feel he was healthy enough to pass their physical. We know hes been banged up. But I thought that with the time hes had to rehab his ankle, hes feeling pretty good. He was itching to get back. As long as he continues to get healthy, well have him for the stretch run that we need.
Were comfortable with him. He was a guy we hated to see go. People were very attached to the guy. So it was a good feeling to know that youre going to get a guy back not only on the basketball court, but a guy you have a personal relationship with.
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has rescinded its trade with the New Orleans Hornets for center Tyson Chandler. The Thunder and the Hornets agreed on the deal, pending a physical, that would have sent Chandler to the Thunder in exchange for forward Joe Smith, forward Chris Wilcox and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin.
We were pleased to add Tyson to the Thunder roster, said Presti. During the course of the physical examination and outside consultations some questions arose that gave us cause for concern. We felt that this course of action was the best for our organization.