With Tyson Chandler, Thunder Will Roar into Future

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2009

With today’s acquisition of center Tyson Chandler from the New Orleans Hornets, the Oklahoma City Thunder have taken another major step toward the future.

The Hornets wanted to deal Chandler away for financial reasons. In making this move, they rid themselves of the $12.3 million Chandler was due next year and $13.2 million the following season.

This will help them stay under the luxury tax and salary cap. The Thunder is already significantly below the cap and can afford to take on Chandler’s salary.

In making this trade, they add a seven defensive anchor to a young core that includes Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, and Russell Westbrook.

Oklahoma City has reason to be excited about an already bright future that just got even brighter.