Report: Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler undergoing season-ending surgery

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Wilson Chandler expected to miss about the first two weeks of the regular season after a preseason hip injury, which should put him back any day now.

But the Nuggets wing faces a much longer road to recovery.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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.

Denver (3-4) has fared alright with Gary Harris starting and Will Barton and Randy Foye coming off the bench. Denver also signed Kostas Papanikolaou for additional wing depth.

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.