But the Nuggets wing faces a much longer road to recovery.
Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler will undergo hip surgery and miss the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Chandler has been diagnosed with a labral tear, league sources said. He suffered the injury during the preseason.
Chandler’s expected to make a complete recovery from the surgery after a six month rehab process, a league source said.
But the Nuggets’ uphill battle to make the Western Conference playoffs clearly got much more difficult.
At least Chandler has a little security after signing an extension this summer that added three years and more than $39 million to his contract.
The Nuggets can apply for a disabled-player exception worth half Chandler’s $10,449,438 salary, but they might not be approved. A disabled-player exception is granted only if an NBA-appointed doctor deems it’s “substantially more likely than not that the player would be unable to play through the following June 15.” A six-month timeline would have Chandler healthy in May – likely after Denver’s season ends, but before June 15.