HoopsHype Wilson Chandler rumors

April 12, 2012 Updates

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

Unfortunately for both Chandler and the Nuggets, the player’s re-acclamation to American basketball has taken a little longer than many would’ve hoped, but that’s not to say he won’t get there. It’s just not as easy to step back into the NBA as people think. “I feel excited, but my body is not too excited about it,” Chandler told HOOPSWORLD. “Personally, it’s been tough for me just getting back in the mix of things, getting my conditioning back up… I’m just trying to get a rhythm back.” HoopsWorld

March 22, 2012 Updates
March 18, 2012 Updates

Benjamin Hochman: Here's how Wilson Chandler's #Nuggets contract will go: rest of this yr plus four additional seasons -- for 37 million. Twitter

March 17, 2012 Updates

The Denver Nuggets and restricted free agent Wilson Chandler are making progress as they negotiate a long-term deal, according to sources to close to the situation. Chris Luchey, who represents Chandler, met with Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke during the week and the two sides are getting closer to an agreement HoopsWorld

March 16, 2012 Updates
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March 14, 2012 Updates

The Nuggets continue to negotiate with Wilson Chandler and if the sides don't reach an agreement within the next week or so, Chandler's agent Chris Luchey says his client will finish the season in Italy. Chandler is looking for a deal starting around $7 million a year, but the Nuggets feel like paying him $7 million, which would not be prorated, for this season is way too high. They would rather start him at $5 million. ESPN.com

March 13, 2012 Updates
March 12, 2012 Updates

The negotiations continue between small forward/restricted free agent Wilson Chandler and the Nuggets, but there should be resolution soon. Chandler's agent, Chris Luchey, said via text message that his client will likely sit out the rest of the season or play overseas if a deal can't be done in "five days or less." Chandler and Luchey are in Denver to continue discussing the matter with Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri. "Wilson and I saw that [the Nuggets] had nine [home] games in a row and we decided to make this last push at a deal, come in town, negotiate for five days or less, and see if we can come to an agreement before he prepares for either sitting until July or going to Italy or [another] Europe locale," Luchey wrote. SI.com

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