ESPN.com is reporting that the New Orleans Hornets have traded 26-year old center Tyson Chandler (C, OKC) to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a package that is said to include forwards Joe Smith (PF/C, NOH) and Chris Wilcox (PF/C, NOH).
From a fantasy perspective, Chandler owners hope that this is the spark that lights the fire inside of the underachieving 7-footer. All season long, Chandler has been a bust, declining across the board statistically in what many thought would be another solid season from the eight-year vet.
Last season, Chandler managed to average a double-double (11.8 PTS and 11.8 RB), making him one of the more productive bigs in the NBA. However, this season he's managed only 11 double-doubles in 32 games and has averaged a mere 8.8 PTS and 8.3 RB per game.
There is a real chance that in OKC Chandler can manage to motivate himself enough to make an impact from a fantasy perspective, yet it remains to be seen if his ankle problem will continue to be an issue. It's also hard to get excited about a guy who shoots 58.4 percent from the free throw line heading down the stretch.
He will not produce similarly to a guy like Dwight Howard (C, ORL), who you can justify owning with that putrid 58.8 FT percent. Chandler, at best, remains a 10-and-10 potential guy in the paint who can shoot in the high-50s from the field, yet won't block more than 1.5 shots per.
If you have Chandler, hope for the best. If you don't own Chandler, I would advise against getting too excited about him and trading a valued asset to get him in return.
On the negative side, guys like Nick Collison (PF/C, NOH) and Nenad Krstic (C, NOH) will both take a hit in minutes played. Neither was worth much more than a flier to begin with, but unless the Thunder decide to slot Kevin Durant (SG/SF, OKC) to the two-guard and move Jeff Green (SF/PF, OKC) to the three, opening up minutes for Collison, both will take a hit in their current production.
Over in New Orleans, the guy to watch is Hilton Armstrong (PF/C, NOH). He was in the starting lineup just before the All-Star Break and could remain there with Smith and Wilcox coming off the bench. The prospects of Smith and Wilcox don't excite me much, pending Armstrong getting completely overmatched as a starter.
Neither Wilcox nor Smith has had anything more than a few nice games here and there. Both are fine players coming off the bench, but their fantasy impact should be limited.
Head on over to RotoExperts.com as we learn more details about this and any other trades announced before the deadline.