NEW ORLEANS—The Hornets completed a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats that sends center Tyson Chandler to Charlotte for center Emeka Okafor.
General manager Jeff Bower said he was in trade talks with the Bobcats for a "few weeks." Bower said initially a multi player deal was discussed, but by Monday the deal was narrowed to a straight swap of centers.
Oklahoma City was nullified after Chandler failed a physical. But, Chandler has since had surgery on his left ankle and left toe.
Okafor averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte last season. He has played all 82 games the past two seasons.
Bower said Okafor will provide toughness the Hornets need. Said Bower, "the things that Emeka will bring is a physical presence in the low post, someone who can become a threat for us down low in the paint."
Bower said the Hornets may not be done dealing this summer. He said he currently in discussions with several teams.