With the Nuggets closing in on a long-term contract for Wilson Chandler, the team intends to waive Ronny Turiaf to clear a roster spot, according to GM Masai Ujiri (via Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post).
Turiaf was acquired from the Wizards yesterday in the three-team blockbuster that also sent JaVale McGee to Denver, with Nene heading to Washington. Turiaf had to be included in the deal to make the salaries match up, but clearly isn't a part of the Nuggets' plans. Assuming he's waived within the next few days, Turiaf should have the opportunity to clear waivers and join another team in search of a big man — if he signs eslewhere before next Friday, he would be eligible to play in the postseason for his new club.
Chandler, meanwhile, says he hopes to finalize his deal soon and join the team Sunday or Monday: "I’ve been back for over a month. It’s been tough sitting out and watching the games. Hopefully I can end it soon" (Twitter links via Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com).