Friday, February 20, 2009

Wilcox Heads to New York Instead

After the New Orleans trade fell apart earlier this week, Chris Wilcox (2000-02) has now been traded from Oklahoma City to the New York Knicks. Also, there are rumors that Joe Smith (1993-95) wants out of his contract to sign elsewhere. From
Wilcox was one of the players the Thunder had sent to New Orleans in the trade for Tyson Chandler that was voided by Oklahoma City after Chandler failed a physical. The other was Joe Smith, who would like to be bought out by the Thunder in order to sign as a free agent with the Boston Celtics, a source told late Wednesday night.

From the Knicks' website:
"Chris is a gifted athletic big man that brings toughness and solidifies our interior defense," D'Antoni said.

Wilcox, who is averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds this season, comes to New York after spending over three seasons with the Thunder - formally known as the Seattle Sonics. He became available after Oklahoma City rescinded on a trade that would have sent Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin to New Orleans for Tyson Chandler.

"We had talked about (dealing for Wilcox) before and that actually broke kind of a logjam for us," Walsh said. "It allowed us to do what we wanted to do with the fact that deal went down because getting Wilcox allowed us to make the deal with Chicago."

Wilcox is averaging 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds during his seven-year NBA career with his best season coming in 2005-06 when he posted 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in all 82 games for the Sonics.

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