Open Mic: Bobcats And Hornets Swap Centers, Who Wins?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 18:  Emeka Okafor #50 of the Charlotte Bobcats makes a shot over Tyson Chandler #6 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena January 18, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Bobcats 112-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a deal that would send Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans for Tyson Chandler.

The deal is just one of many that has occurred since the team was taken over by coach Larry Brown last summer.

This deal is a gamble from the Bobcats point of view because of Chandler's injury history.

Okafor was the number two pick in the 2004, which was the franchise's first ever draft pick.

Just last year Okafor was re-signed to a six year, 72 million dollar deal.

While Chandler is signed for the next two years for a combined 24.5 million.

In the long term the Bobcats have freed up salary space, while the hornets have freed up salary space in the short term.

When you compare the two centers physically, Tyson Chandler is 7'1" and Okafor is slightly smaller at 6'10".

Statistically speaking Okafor has the slight edge with 13.2 PPG and 10.1 RPG, while Chandler averaged 8.8 PPG and 8.3 RPG

Okafor also has had trouble defending the NBA's big men because of his smaller size and lack of athleticism, but is a better rebounder then Chandler.

On the offensive side of the ball, he also struggles to score consistently and is a very poor free throw shooter.

Tyson Chandler makes the bobcats a better defensive team, along with improving the team's overall athleticism.

Who is the winner in this trade, comment and let me know what you think