Wilson Chandler Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Surrounding Nuggets SF

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: C.J. Miles #0 of the Indiana Pacers closes down Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets during the NBA match between Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets at the O2 Arena on January 12, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler wants to be traded, according to Sam Amick of USA TodayThe NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday. 

Continue for updates.


Rockets Could Make Play for Chandler

Monday, Feb. 20

Chris Haynes of ESPN.com said to "keep an eye" on the Houston Rockets as the Nuggets explore the market for Chandler. 


Chandler Linked to Thunder, Clippers

Sunday, Feb. 19

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers are interested in acquiring Chandler (clip starts at 2:45 in video below):


Chandler Upset with Diminished Role

Thursday, Feb. 2

The 29-year-old is reportedly frustrated with being relegated to a reserve role, and "while it's not believed that Chandler has requested a trade, the Nuggets—who currently owe him a combined $36 million for this season and [the] next two (player option in 2018-19)—are known to be aware of his concerns."

Since Chandler was inactive against the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 19, coach Mike Malone has gone with a starting forward pairing of Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari in seven straight games, and Chandler's minutes have fluctuated in the process.


Chandler in Midst of Best Season

Chandler is averaging career highs of 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 30.9 minutes per game this season but has made just 19 starts in his 50 games. Two seasons ago, Chandler started 75 of the 78 games he appeared in for the Nuggets. He missed all of last season with a hip injury.

One problem for Denver is the glut of options it has on the wing, between Gallinari at small forward and Will Barton, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray at shooting guard. With Faried, Darrell Arthur and Juan Hernangomez all getting minutes at power forward, Malone has quite the juggling act on his hands.

But if the Nuggets decided to entertain offers for Chandler, there likely would be interest. A playoff contender looking to add a productive veteran presence would be wise to inquire about Chandler, who is owed $12 million in 2017-18 and has a player option for $12.8 million in 2018-19, per Basketball Insiders.

Those figures won't seem high as the salary cap expands in the coming years, making Chandler a nice value over the next two seasons.

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