NBA Rumors: Wilson Chandler's Return Will Help Banged-Up Nuggets Break Slump

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19:  Forward Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Center Erick Dampier #25 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 19, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  The Heat defeated the Nuggets 103-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Wilson Chandler is hopeful he will be returning to the Denver Nuggets within the “next week or so,” according to Aaron J. Lopez of

They could sorely use him.

Denver is facing a rash of injuries, as budding star Danilo Gallinari, big man Nene and swingman Rudy Fernandez have all missed some time recently.

The Nuggets may be losing Ty Lawson for a few games to a left ankle sprain, as well.

These injuries are severely hindering the squad’s performance on the court and they have gotten noticeably worse after their hot start.

In 12 February games, the Nuggets have only emerged victorious four times and blew many winnable games down the stretch. This can be blamed on tired legs and lack of depth behind the players sitting out with injury.

The team is still 18-15 on the season and has a great chance of not only making the playoffs, but also doing damage if they can get healthy.

Adding Chandler will also significantly help the cause.

He’s a young (24 years old), lengthy (6’8”) swingman who can start or come off the bench to contribute. He’s more than just another body out there and he will actually make a difference for this youthful franchise.

Chandler is a decent defender and his ability to come in and guard players like Kevin Durant will be key in the postseason.
Chandler is a decent defender and his ability to come in and guard players like Kevin Durant will be key in the postseason.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Wilson is a career 32.4 percent shooter from range, but has improved on that steadily and was knocking down 34.7 percent of his attempts in 21 games with the Nuggets last season.

He, along with Gallinari, will help space the floor and the DePaul alumnus can also create his own shot and take it to the hoop when necessary.

It’s a win-win situation for both parties. The sooner that Chandler can get permission from his Chinese team to be released from his contract and FIBA approval to return to the NBA, the better.