Wednesday , Jul , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Busy Bulls ship Chandler to Hornets

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – According to a published report, the Chicago
Bulls have traded Tyson Chandler to the Hornets in exchange for P.J. Brown and
J.R. Smith.

The Chicago Tribune, which contacted Chandler, is reporting the deal. The
trade won’t become official until July 12, when teams can officially announce
signings and deals.

“It was just a matter of when and where,” Chandler told the Tribune.

Chandler averaged just 5.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.32 blocks in 79 games
last season, which was his fifth in the league. The 7-foot-1 center has career
averages of 7.1 points, 7.7 assists and 1.4 blocks. He has five years and
nearly $54 million left on a six-year, $60 million contract he signed prior to
last season.

Brown, a 6-11 forward, will be entering his 14th season in the league. Last
year, he averaged 9.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in 75 games. He will also be
entering the final year of his contract, an important detail for the Bulls who
are expected to make the reported four-year, $60 million signing of center Ben
Wallace official on July 12.

Smith, a two-year veteran guard, averaged 7.7 points per game last year in 55
games. During his rookie season, he registered an average of 9.2 points in 76