Let me preface this by saying I haven't really decided where I stand on this one, just though it was an interesting swap based on the recent write-ups of the NY Knicks cap and roster situation going forward.
It happened once already, back in 2009, where Tyson Chandler was traded from the Hornets to the Bobcats for Emeka Okafor. With the Knicks now on the hook for two more years of Chandler, and solidly in cap purgatory with three guys making more than $14M a season (and fans turning on almost every player on the roster), the 'Bockers may be looking to jettison some longer term salary and generally shake things up.
There aren't likely to be takers for Amare's monstrous deal due to injury concerns and apparent decline, and Carmelo is solidly off the chopping block as the team's best player, that leaves Chandler. He'll be making $14M next season and $14.5M the year after. Okafor is an expiring next season, but on the hook this year for about $14.5M.
The two players are exactly the same age (born less than a week apart) and both bring something to the table on both ends of the floor. Would you be willing to swap the two players?
-Championship experience: Chandler has been to the mountain top with the Mavericks only three seasons ago. He's also played 70 playoffs games (starting 54) to Okafor's 6 (6).
-Advanced stats: Chandler dominates the advanced stats debate, at least for the past few years. He's a defensive anchor, though turning 31 this next season may diminish his athleticism. He's accumulated an 18+ PER and 9+ WS for the last three seasons, and basically doubled Emeka on the WS/48 metric during that span. Much of the PER gap can be attributed it Chandler's incredible TS%, mainly off easy buckets--something John Wall could really assist in continuing.
-Size: While Okafor has held his own as a rebounder at 6'10", Chandler is marginally better at the big man's bread and butter--particularly on the offensive end, something the Wizards could really use. His 7'1" frame and length give him an advantage over most interior players.
-Salary structure: Sort of an odd one, but with Nene on the hook for 3 more years, and Wall and Beal likely to get major deals in the next couple seasons, an extra season of Chandler still gives us the "stairstep" structure that I value in giving us roster flexibility. Ariza would come off the books after next season (a trade chip or just for space), then Chandler, then Nene, giving us time to evaluate on a season by season basis. In a dream scenario, we could flip Nene and other assets (our 2014 first, another young asset) for Kevin Love or similar.
-Durability: Chandler is usually a lock to miss 10+ games a season while Oak has only done that once in the last six years
-Locker Room: While Chandler is fiery and a competitor, we've all heard the stories about Okafor's intelligence and willingness to stand up to a guy like John Wall when he isn't acting right.
-Financial: Would need to commit 14 million to Chandler in 2014-15, while Okafor may be available for a 2-4 year deal for under eight figures a season...at least hypothetically.
What do you all think? I'd be interested to know what everyone thinks in the comments below.