HoopsHype Wilson Chandler rumors

March 28, 2012 Updates

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
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
March 15, 2012 Updates

The Denver Nuggets are closing in on a long-term deal with restricted free agent Wilson Chandler, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. Sources said the deal could be completed as early as Friday. "It's very, very close," one source said. ESPN.com

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

March 11, 2012 Updates

Denver Nuggets’ free agent Wilson Chandler finds himself in a unique position after returning from his stint in China. The 24-year-old is a restricted free agent, but he doesn’t have many options. He can no longer sign an offer sheet with another team since the deadline to do so was on March 1. He can’t be traded because the new collective bargaining agreement now outlaws midseason sign-and-trades. That means Chandler has two options when it comes to his NBA future. Chandler will either sign with the Denver Nuggets now or sit out the remainder of the 2011-12 season and enter restricted free agency in July, when more teams have money to spend. Chris Luchey, Chandler’s agent, continues to negotiate with Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke. “These negotiations have been tough because the situation is so different,” Luchey told HOOPSWORLD. “It’s really unique. This has never happened before.” HoopsWorld

Chandler would like to sign a one-year deal with the Nuggets, but Denver’s front office has no interest in that kind of contract because the small forward would become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Nuggets don’t want to lose their ability to match any offer that Chandler receives so the two sides will either work out a long-term deal or put off negotiations until July. “He can sign a one-year deal with Denver, but they’ve been adamant they’re not going to do that,” Luchey said. “It was easy for J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin to sign when they came back from China because they were unrestricted free agents. Wilson only has a couple of options.” HoopsWorld

If the two sides can’t reach a deal this week, Chandler has other options. “Wilson has the option of going overseas to Italy or another place in Europe,” Luchey said. “That is realistic, but his plan has always been to come back and play in the NBA. I’ve received calls from nine teams besides the Denver Nuggets, saying they’d be interested in Wilson this summer if he waited and entered restricted free agency in July. He knows that option is there, but we’re still hoping to work out a deal with the Nuggets. We’ve been communicating with the Nuggets since the lockout ended. We’ve had very good meetings between myself, Wilson, Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke. When he returned from China, he landed in Atlanta and then went straight to Denver. That has always been the preference.” HoopsWorld

March 10, 2012 Updates

Q: A lot of people probably ask you about Wilson Chandler. Is there any update on his status? Josh Kroenke: He was here (in Denver) and it was great to see him. I think he had a very good experience in China. It wasn’t the NBA, but I think he has a greater appreciation now of what our league is. We’re still in active talks. I don’t know what’s going to wind up happening. We definitely want Wilson on our team. It’s tough because it’s such a unique situation trying to add a young veteran player to a new contract in the middle of a season. There are so many factors that go into a decision like that. We’re working hard on trying to add him. NBA.com

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.