Wilson Chandler‘s name has been a regular part of the trade rumor market for a couple of seasons now. Every February and then again in late June his name comes up as a guy Denver might move as they evolve their roster around quality younger players — Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, etc. — but no deal ever comes down.
This year Chandler wants one to.
He’s been bumped from the starting lineup in favor of Kenneth Faried, and now Chandler wants out, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.
According to two people with knowledge of Chandler’s situation, the player who came to Denver as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal six years ago wants to be traded. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation.
Chandler’s frustration, according to the people, is born out of the inconsistency with his role. While he’s having a career year, averaging 15.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, two assists and 30.2 minutes per game for a 21-27 Nuggets team that is currently ninth in the Western Conference, he hasn’t started since Jan. 12 – a win over Indiana in which he had 22 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and had a plus-22 rating.
Chandler nor his people have directly requested a trade, Amick notes. It’s likely he will deny this publicly, as is the norm. Doesn’t mean it’s not true.
Chandler is making $11.2 million this season and is owed $25.4 million over the next two seasons (the second of those is a player option). In the skyrocketing world of NBA salaries, that’s reasonable for a guy who brings starter level play.
There is no word yet on which teams have serious interest, but as we move toward the trade deadline in three weeks (Feb. 23) expect Chandler’s name to come up. Danilo Gallinari also will be mentioned. The only question is does a deal get done this time.