Jazz It Up: If Utah and OKC Were Involved, Tyson Chandler Trade Sounds Better

James BoydContributor IJuly 28, 2009

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Earlier today news broke that New Orleans was trading center Tyson Chandler to the Charlotte Bobcats for Emeka Okafor.

This is a trade I dislike from both sides. However, since this trade will become increasingly analyzed after it is completed, I decided to try and find a better trade for both New Orleans and Utah, using the ESPN Trade Machine. 

Here's a transaction that I think would be of greater benefit to the Hornets. A trade with Utah assisted by OKC's cap space.

Here's how it would go down, based on what each team receives.


Tyson Chandler and Julian Wright

New Orleans

Mehmet Okur, Kyle Korver, and Jazz's first round pick

Oklahoma City

Devin Brown and Hornets' second round pick


Why this trade works for all teams

Utah has some good, young prospects at the center position, that should continue to grow over the year, and be serviceable backups. 

Okur is a solid starter in the league, bringing solid post defense and good shooting for a big man. However, for his size he doesn't block many shots.

Chandler, whilst having limited offense is a greater defensive presence, and great at running the pick-and-roll, a Jerry Sloan staple.

And New Orleans gets another scorer to help take the load off Chris Paul and David West.

New Orleans also sends small forward Julian Wright to Utah for Kyle Korver. 

Korver is one of the league's premier marksmen, and would fit well within the Hornets' wing rotation along with Posey and Stojakovic.

Meanwhile, Wright is a promising young forward who could break out this year, however since the Hornets are short of small contracts, they would prefer to keep David West, a proven All-Star over a promising but unproven quantity. As compensation, New Orleans gets the lowest of Utah's first round picks.

Since both teams are strapped by the luxury tax, and need to save money, New Orleans sends Devin Brown to OKC for a second round pick and savings of about $1 million including tax payments.