Chandler traded to Oklahoma City
The New Orleans Hornets traded center Tyson Chandler to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday in a trade that brings veterans Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox to the Hornets and could give New Orleans some cap room next season heading into the first year of Chris Paul’s new four-year, $68-million contract.
New Orleans also got the rights to DeVon Hardin, a second-round pick from California.
Chandler’s numbers had dropped off even before he missed the Hornets’ last 12 games with a sprained left ankle. He’s averaging 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds after going for 11.8 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.
The Boston Celtics traded guard Sam Cassell, who hasn’t played this season, to the Sacramento Kings for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2015. . . . Cleveland Cavaliers forward Ben Wallace needed 14 stitches to close a gash in his right forearm after injuring himself over the All-Star break. . . . Charles Barkley will return from his leave of absence and be back on the air Thursday during TNT’s NBA coverage.