Report: Wilson Chandler Interested in Pairing with Toronto Raptors

Hunter KonsensCorrespondent IIFebruary 22, 2012

Wilson Chandler
Wilson ChandlerDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, restricted free agent Wilson Chandler and agent Chris Luchey are in talks with the Toronto Raptors.

Despite sounding confident about signing a long-term deal with his former team the Denver Nuggets just last week, Luchey is trying to find the best possible deal for his 24-year-old small forward.

No deal has come to fruition yet, but adding Wilson Chandler would be a huge addition for a team that is struggling every night they take the court. As of right now, the Raptors are a poor 9-23. Despite being a solid defensive squad, as they are only letting up 94 points per game, the team's offensive woes have kept them from playoff contention.

Besides shooting guard DeMar DeRozan and star center Andrea Bargnani, who has been sidelined lately due to a calf injury, Dwayne Casey's Toronto Raptors have no true offensive threats. 

Adding Wilson Chandler would automatically improve the team's horrendous 88 points per game average. Last season with the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, Chandler averaged a substantial 15 points per game.

Plus, Wilson's lanky 6'8" build allows him to be versatile and cover many different types of players. From Kobe Bryant to Kevin Love, the Toronto Raptors will be able to assign Chandler on many of the NBA's elite scorers.

In the end, a young trio of Andrea Bargnani, DeMar DeRozan and Wilson Chandler would absolutely put the Toronto Raptors on the right path to competitiveness in the weaker Eastern Conference. Plus, with an encouraging prospect in power forward Ed Davis and the arrival of fifth overall pick Jonas Valanciunas next season from Europe, Toronto's future is starting to look bright.

However, the Denver Nuggets can match any offer the Raptors present to Chandler, as he is a restricted free agent. But with forwards Al Harrington, Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried already on the roster, the Nuggets may be reluctant to sign Chandler to a massive contract in order to preserve cap space.


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