The Nuggets announced yesterday that small forward Wilson Chandler was diagnosed with a labral tear and will undergo hip surgery early next week. This means that Chandler will miss the remainder of the season as a result of the procedure, but he is expected to make a complete recovery after a six-month rehab period. The player initially suffered the injury during the preseason and he has missed the team’s first seven regular season games.
Denver signed Chandler to a four-year, $46.5MM renegotiation and extension during the offseason, despite the 28-year-old averaging just 48 appearances per season over the last four campaigns. When he was on the court, Chandler was certainly a productive player, but his injury history makes him a someone who cannot be relied upon to be a full-season contributor at this point. Which brings me to the topic for today: Did the Nuggets make an error in renegotiating and extending Wilson Chandler’s deal?
The Nuggets are a rebuilding team that isn’t viewed as an attractive destination for free agents. So it can be argued that the franchise needs to retain its talent no matter the cost, and an average annual salary of roughly $11.61MM isn’t an outrageous sum for a player of Chandler’s abilities. But given that he is rapidly approaching age 30, and isn’t likely to become more durable along the way, it can also be debated that Denver took a risk that isn’t likely to pay off with his extension.
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