Wilson Chandler was never quite healthy, will have another fun-filled surgery

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Wilson Chandler’s third season in the NBA had a pretty painful opening act; his production was down across the board, and his shooting efficiency in particular — .405 FG% and .308 3FG% in November — dropped off significantly from his breakout 2008-2009 campaign. A big part of that was Chandler’s gradual recovery from off-season ankle surgery, which acted as a lead weight on the foot of an athletic, open-court player.

Chandler went on to bounce back throughout the rest of the year, and actually ended up shooting a career high .479 from the field. Wilson’s ankle injuries, however, don’t appear to be behind him. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that Chandler may need to undergo a second surgery on his left ankle, this time to remove scar tissue. Mike Slane of the Knicks’ official website (via Posting and Toasting) tweeted that the surgery is a go for today, with Chandler looking at a 6-8 week recovery period. I worry for New York’s playoff chances.

Chandler should have plenty of time to recover before training camp begins, so the only reason that this particular surgery would have basketball ramifications is if his recovery is complicated and setback significantly. Otherwise, Chandler remains one of the few players under contract for next season’s Knicks, which will also include LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Christopher Walken, and the two sisters from Ace of Base.    

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.