Breaking News: Chandler trade rescinded, Tyson back with Hornets

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Published: February 19, 2009

This just in from NOLA.com:

Tyson Chandler, who was traded to Oklahoma City on Tuesday, failed to pass a physical and has rejoined the Hornets, the team announced Wednesday after New Orleans beat the Orlando Magic 117-85.

“We welcome Tyson back with open arms,” General Manager Jeff Bower said.

Chandler had missed 12 games with a sprained left ankle. Chandler tried to practice Monday, a day before the trade, but he couldn’t participate. Coach Byron Scott said Chandler was running with a limp.

My initial thoughts: I’m not sure. I’d like to throw a party to celebrate this, but OKC aren’t sending Tyson back for no reason. Remember, they’re not playing for anything this season, so they must feel that the injury is something that will affect Chandler’s play beyond the next few months.

Best case scenario, the Thunder are being overly cautious and Tyson will be healthy and ready to help the Hornets make a good playoff run this season. Then we can worry about shedding salary in the summer, or perhaps put together a more fan-friendly trade before tomorrow’s 2pm Central deadline.

Worst case scenario, Tyson has some serious health issues, meaning he can’t help us on the floor and we’re stuck with his contract. Then we might have to settle for a real ugly trade to avoid paying the luxury tax next season.

UPDATE: Story confirmed by ESPN and The Oklahoman. Henry Abbott has some thoughts over at TrueHoop.

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