HoopsHype Wilson Chandler rumors

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

March 9, 2012 Updates

While Denver is totally expected to reenlist Chandler, should he decide their proposition is unreasonable, word has it Italy is a legit option. Problem is, by doing so he would forfeit the ability to do a sign-and-trade come summer — one of the CBA’s multitude of new rules. The good news is, loads of teams will be under the cap so he figures to have an abundance of serious suitors. New York Post

March 5, 2012 Updates
March 4, 2012 Updates

Now, Chandler continues to negotiate with the Nuggets. He wants a one-year deal, which would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. However, Denver has no interest in giving up their ability to match any offer sheet that Chandler signs and would rather ink a long-term deal now. But because they’re the only NBA team that can sign Chandler, the Nuggets are trying to sign Chandler at a discounted rate. Chris Luchey, Chandler’s agent, said that he’s still “awaiting their true offer.” HoopsWorld

March 3, 2012 Updates

The Nuggets and restricted free agent small forward Wilson Chandler are struggling to get a deal done, and his agent, Chris Luchey, said on Friday that the possibility remains that he head overseas until next season. Chandler, who played in China during the lockout but was recently cleared by FIBA to return to the NBA, had until March 1 to sign an offer sheet with another team and force Denver to match. But since no offer sheets were signed and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri has made it clear he will only sign Chandler to a long-term deal, the four-year veteran may decide to play in Italy and restart negotiations this summer when he would still be a restricted free agent. SI.com

Teams with cap space could then join the bidding and the question of whether the Nuggets would match wouldn't be so certain then as it was before. Luchey, who made it clear that the negotiations with Ujiri continue, said one offer sheet came in that was declined (he wouldn't specify which team). SI.com

The deadline has come and passed, so free agent Wilson Chandler can play for only one NBA team this season — the Nuggets. But there's a caveat — the Nuggets will only sign Chandler to a long-term deal, because if they were to sign him for only the rest of this season, then he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Chandler's agent, Chris Luchey, said that he will remain in talks with the Nuggets' brass as the two sides try to get a deal done. If they don't, it's possible Chandler could latch onto an Italian pro team this spring, in anticipation for summer free agency, when he again would be a restricted free agent (Chandler, of course, played in China during the lockout and that season extended into February). Denver Post

Chandler's market value is estimated at around $9 million per year, if one was to look at fellow forwards from his draft class, be it Carl Landry of New Orleans or Thaddeus Young of Philadelphia. Denver Post

March 2, 2012 Updates

The March 1st offer-sheet deadline has come and passed, so it appears that free agent Wilson Chandler can only sign with one NBA team this season – the Denver Nuggets. But there’s a caveat – the Nuggets will only sign Chandler to a long-term deal, because if they were to sign him for only the rest of this season, then he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Chandler’s agent, Chris Luchey, said that he will remain in talks with the Nuggets’ brass as the two sides try to get a deal done. If they don’t, it’s possible Chandler could latch onto an Italian pro team this spring, in anticipation for summer free agency, when he again would be a restricted free agent (Chandler, of course, played in China during the lockout and that season extended into February). Denver Post

March 1, 2012 Updates
February 29, 2012 Updates

The Raptors have until Thursday to submit an offer sheet to restricted free agent Wilson Chandler. Don’t count on that happening even though he met with team management last week. The Raptors would love to have the versatile swingman who can both defend and score, but don’t have the cap space to submit an offer Denver would not match. Toronto Sun

Chandler’s options are to sign with the Nuggets long-term, return overseas to play out the year (this time in Italy, according to his agent) or to sign an offer sheet with another team this week. The Nuggets aren’t interested in signing Chandler only for the rest of the season, which would turn him into an unrestricted free agent this summer. According to sources, Toronto has balked at Chandler’s asking price, but has not completely closed the door if he becomes unrestricted and is willing to accept less money. Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo has said in the past that he is interested in extended Barbosa, who will be unrestricted this season. Colangelo drafted Barbosa while running the Phoenix Suns. Toronto Sun

February 28, 2012 Updates

Luchey said "we're considering all options" and that it's realistic that Chandler could sign with a professional team in Italy this spring, in order to stay in shape and make some money. Chandler played in China during the NBA lockout and returned to the States this month. Denver Post

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