Wilson Chandler Trade Reportedly No Longer on Thunder's Radar

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2017

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 26: Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets handles the ball during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 26, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are in search of perimeter upgrades at the NBA trade deadline, but they have reportedly halted their pursuit of Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler as 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 23 fast approaches. 

According to USA Today's Sam Amick, Oklahoma City "no longer" has Chandler "on its radar." 

Earlier on Wednesday, Amick reported the Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers were in pursuit of Chandler—who is actively looking for a change of scenery. 

Citing two people with knowledge of Chandler's situation, Amick reported on Feb. 2 that Chandler wanted to be dealt because of "of the inconsistency with his role" on a crowded Nuggets roster. 

To this point in the season, Chandler is averaging a career-high 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds on 45.4 percent shooting from the field and 33.8 percent shooting from three. 

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Factor in his ability to play as a traditional 3 or small-ball 4, and Chandler should be an attractive chip for contenders in search of additional reinforcements on the wing. 

One of those teams could be the Houston Rockets.

ESPN.com's Chris Haynes previously mentioned Houston as a team to watch with regard to Chandler, and The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday that the Rockets are "motivated to make a deal for player in $10-12M salary range." 

Incidentally, Chandler is earning $11.2 million this season, $12 million next year and $12.8 million in 2018-19, which is the final year of his contract.  

With a chance to extract some nice value for a plus-scorer on the perimeter who's on a relatively team-friendly deal, the Nuggets should be able to field solid offers if they do ramp up their efforts to move Chandler over the next 20 hours.  

                         

Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com

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