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New Orleans and OKC trade falls through after Chandler fails his physical

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 9:42am

OOPS! The trade that WOULD HAVE sent Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City for two players and the rights to another, won't happen now. OKC's team physician, Dr. Carlan Yates, says the big man's big left toe is a trouble spot. According to Yates, Chandler's risk of re-injuring that toe is too great and the Thunder pulled the plug on the deal.

Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and the rights to Devon Hardin now return to Oklahoma City and the Big Easy gets their big man back. Hornets super star point guard Chris Paul should be happy to have his alley-oop mate back, but will there be any hard feelings between Chandler and the front office?

The Hornets play the Lakers in L.A. on Friday night. Tip-time is set for 9:30 CT.