HoopsHype Wilson Chandler rumors

December 29, 2012 Updates

What has seemed like an eternity now has an end coming into focus. Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, who has battled a severe hip injury for months, is plotting a Jan. 13 return. He revealed the plan after participating in a shootaround Friday morning at American Airlines Arena, hours before the Nuggets' game against the Mavericks. It was his first team-oriented drill in a while since being shut down in November. "I'm very excited," Chandler said. "The first time, I was excited to play, but I was kind of weak and just wasn't ready. This time around, I feel really strong and confident about it." Denver Post

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I’m hearing the Warriors do like Wilson Chandler but don’t believe he is worth the No. 7 pick so that deal is unlikely to happen. The Nuggets would have to take back Andris Biedrins or Richard Jefferson to make it worthwhile for the Warriors. However, if the Warriors trade down a bit, maybe to 12 or 14, that Chandler deal may be in play. That could be a high enough jump for Denver (#20) and the Warriors could still get someone they like at No. 20 – whether Terrence Jones, Quincy Miller, Moe Harkless or even Festus Ezeli Contra Costa Times

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Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler is recovering after successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip. The procedure was performed Monday by Dr. Marc J. Philippon. Chandler is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in October. NBA.com

April 19, 2012 Updates

Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler tried to play through his injured left hip on Sunday, but after the game, all he could talk about was the pain. On Wednesday, the team decided it was best that Chandler sit out the rest of the season and prepare for surgery on the labral tear in his left hip. Chandler averaged 9.4 points per game in eight appearances with the Nuggets this season, since signing at mid-season after playing in China. "I think Wilson is disappointed and sad. He came back here hoping to give us a big boost," Nuggets coach George Karl said. Denver Post

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Wilson Chandler (hip strain) didn't play Wednesday — and coach George Karl said the forward is doubtful for Friday — meaning Denver will be without Chandler's 10.7 points per game as the team tries desperately to crack the postseason. Karl said that "if and when" Chandler gets back, he will be in a similar situation to that of Al Harrington, who is playing with torn meniscus. "His hip is not going to heal this year," Karl said of Chandler. "But can he play and be effective?" Denver Post

April 7, 2012 Updates

Wilson Chandler says he's not worried, and yet he has a groin injury that has been slow to heal. Both he and the Nuggets doctors and trainers want to know why. It led to an MRI on Friday afternoon to get a better idea of the extent of the damage, because Chandler said "it kind of got a little worse. Make sure it's nothing too serious." Chandler missed his third straight game because of the injury, suffered March 30 at Charlotte. According to Nuggets coach George Karl, Chandler's MRI on Friday was the second one the forward has had since the injury. Denver Post

March 30, 2012 Updates

Wilson's Chandler's new contract in Denver, widely reported to be worth $37 million over five years, actually comes in at $31.7 million, according to sources familiar with the contract. The deal starts at $5.5 million for the rest of this season and tops out at $7.2 million in 2015-16, sources said. ESPN.com

March 28, 2012 Updates

Despite the slow start, there’s no denying his 5-year, $37 million contract is a great deal for the Nuggets, and Chandler admitted that even through his time in the CBA, the plan was to come back and play his home games in Colorado. “[The Nuggets] always said they wanted me, so I believed in them and they kept their word,” Chandler said. “I’m really happy to be back here.” HoopsWorld

It is easy in retrospect to say that Chandler would’ve been better off waiting out the lockout, but nobody had any way of knowing how that would’ve worked out at the time. If the season were lost, he’d look like a genius right now. But the season wasn’t lost, and the Denver Nuggets have to figure out how to start playing more consistent basketball after a very up-and- down month of March. Chandler can be a big part of the solution there, and the good news is that he won’t stay rusty forever. It will come back, and when it does, the bad news will be for the teams that have to play against him. HoopsWorld

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