NBA Trade Rumors: Charlotte Hornets Boosting Frontcourt With Tyson Chandler?

NBA Trade Rumors: Charlotte Hornets Boosting Frontcourt With Tyson Chandler?
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The Charlotte Hornets lost Al Jefferson but got Roy Hibbert to man the slot but somehow Steve Clifford could do well to add another body. How about Tyson Chandler?


The veteran center is no stranger to Charlotte, having played for the team then known as the Bobcats. That was the year NBA legend Michael Jordan acquired the franchise where Chandler, Stephen Jackson and Acie Law led the pack.

Chandler has since been a journeyman, moving from one team to the other. He is a certified rim protector and can collar rebounds, the things he usually does now with the Phoenix Suns.

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Second Chance For Chandler?

Chandler’s last stint with the Bobcats/Hornets wasn’t exactly a memorable one. Though he helped as much as he could when healthy, his first tenure was plagued with injuries.

Ever since, Chandler has managed to fend off injuries He proved that with the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and currently with the Phoenix Suns. He is seen as one of the better defenders and is obviously ahead of Roy Hibbert.

Hibbert and Frank Kaminsky are the centers that Clifford has at the moment, with power forwards like Marvin Williams, Spencer Hawes, Cody Zeller and Christian Wood alternating up front. The mix looks formidable though it could get tougher with a Tyson Chandler.

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Lots Of Strings Need To Be Pulled

If the Hornets are even considering it, a deal involving Chandler would need lots of tweaks. It may involve a third team to get done since the 33-year-old center is currently tied up to a $52-million deal spread for four years. Chandler is entering the second year of his contract this coming NBA season.

A cause for concern once again is his durability. Chandler sat out last December with hamstring issues, which brings to mind the ghost of the 2009-10 season. If Clifford is able to manage his minutes, Chandler may be healthy enough for most parts of the season. Right now, it is an option though not seen as a must for the Hornets.

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