Why Locking Up Wilson Chandler Is a Brilliant Move for Denver Nuggets

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIMarch 15, 2012

ESPN's Marc Stein reports that Denver Nuggets are trying to lockup small forward Wilson Chandler to a long-term deal in a brilliant move for Denver to secure its future core.

Chandler, 24, is being offered a five-year, $30-plus million contract with a team option for a fifth year.

This comes in the wake of the Nuggets trading Nene Hilario (five-years, $70 million) in a three-way trade that brought in the Washington Wizards' JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf.

This frees up money for the Nuggets to sign Chandler, who has a career-average of 13.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists a game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field.

Chandler, who played overseas in China during the NBA lockout, is a talented forward who is effective on both ends of the court and would be a great piece to pair along the Nuggets' core of McGee, Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari and Arron Afflalo.

Being a key piece in the Carmelo Anthony trade last trade deadline, Chandler would be a brilliant signing by the Nuggets to retain another young, talented asset.

Chandler is a hustler and provides Denver's frontcourt with good size (6'8", 225 pounds) and abilities.

If Denver re-signs Chandler for a longer deal, their starting lineup would be Lawson, Afflalo, Gallinari, Faried and McGee with Chandler being a sixth man off the bench.

All the players are relatively young and can play together for a long time.

Signing Chandler to a long-term deal is a no-brainer for the Nuggets, who will look really smart when this deal is finalized.