With this year’s trade deadline just three weeks away, Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler is hoping to be moved before the deadline, two sources with knowledge of the situation tell Sam Amick of USA Today. According to Amick, Chandler has grown frustrated with his inconsistent role in Denver.
Chandler, 29, is having perhaps his best year as a pro, averaging a career-high 15.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG in 44 games for the Nuggets. The former DePaul standout is also averaging slightly over 30 minutes per game on the season, but his playing time has been somewhat up and down, and he hasn’t been in Denver’s starting lineup since January 12.
Although Chandler is not believed to have formally requested a trade, the Nuggets are aware of his concerns and will explore the trade market for the veteran leading up to the February 23 deadline, says Amick. Denver has no shortage of potential trade candidates, with Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Jameer Nelson, Will Barton, Jusuf Nurkic, and Emmanuel Mudiay among the players whose names have been mentioned at least once or twice in trade rumors this season. But finding a taker for Chandler looks to be a priority.
Owed a salary of $11.233MM this season, Chandler is under contract for two additional years, though 2018/19 is a player option. He’s on the books for a guaranteed $12MM+ salary in ’17/18. That price tag may have looked substantial when Chandler first signed his contract, but based on the spending spree we saw last summer, it seems reasonable for a player of his caliber.