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Scott had lamented the trade as the toughest he'd had to deal with as a coach, because he had believed in Chandler's ability to continue developing his offensive game and he had a personal friendship with Chandler. The two planned to travel to the Bahamas in the offseason with a group.
"He's a coach's dream. He'll do whatever you ask him to do, and he'll do it to the best of his ability. He has no excuses about him," Scott said.
"He's just going to go out there and try to do everything possible to win. I told him I was sick. I was sick about it. I said, 'From a personal standpoint, I'm sick to see you go. But from a professional standpoint, this is our business and this is what happens in the business.'"
Scott said he was "just kind of quiet for a little while" after general manager Jeff Bower informed him that the trade had been completed.
"I know we as coaches aren't supposed to get emotionally involved, but we are human beings," Scott said.
Now, Scott and the rest of the Hornets might not have to worry about saying goodbye but instead get a chance to see what Chandler can do if he gets healthy again.
"I still think the sky's the limit for Tyson," Scott said. "He has had an injury-plagued season, there's no doubt about that."
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