76ers acquire Wilson Chandler From Nuggets
The Philadelphia 76ers have been relatively quiet in free agency thus far. An hour ago, Yahoo Sport’s NBA Insider Shams Charania reported that the Sixers acquired Wilson Chandler from the Denver Nuggets.
Philadelphia acquiring forward Wilson Chandler in trade with Denver. Link: https://t.co/2CHDL9rTZK
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2018
Chandler is in the final year of his 4-year, $46 million contract that he signed in 2015. This trade may not bring instant joy, but it will benefit Philadelphia in the short and long-term. The Sixers will take on the remainder of Chandler’s contract, but the trade will provide instant depth and improvement.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the 76ers will receive draft considerations which could mean a future second-round pick. Again adding the 6-foot-9 forward doesn’t make up for missing out on both Paul George and LeBron James in free agency.
For Denver, this moves Chandler's $12.8M expiring contract, clearing room to sign Will Barton to his extension. Denver likely sending a future second-round pick. https://t.co/OQzAwbUWj6
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018
However, Chandler is a proven veteran when put in the right situation. Last season the small-forward averaged 10 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field. Some may question why take on a huge contract for a player who only averaged 10 points per game.
Why trade for Chandler?
Philadelphia saw this as an opportunity to add a player who can help the team compete right now. The addition of Chandler provides Philly with a player who can create his own offesnse, play solid defense and handle the ball when needed.
Needless to say, the 31-year-old’s points per game declined due to the constant change in his role with the team. The 2007 draft pick played with the Nuggets during the 2010-11 season and was traded to the New York Knicks midway through the season. After the 2010-11 season concluded he would sign with Denver again.
This year Denver came close to breaking a five-year playoff drought but came short in overtime against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since 2014 Denver has been in a rebuild. In 2014, the Nuggets drafted Nikola Jokic who has blossomed into their franchise center. Another player that the team drafted in 2014 was Gary Harris.
Two years later the Nuggets selected Jamal Murray in the 2016 draft. All three players have pushed this franchise back into relevancy. The development of this young core caused management to question Kenneth Faried’s future in Denver. Faried, who was drafted in 2011 was once the centerpiece of the franchise.
Denver outgrew Chandler
Chandler finished the 2017-18 season averaging a usage percentage rate of 14.4 percent. Jokic (24.2), Will Barton (20.6), Murray (23.1), Harris (20.8) and Paul Milsap (22.2) all have a higher usage percentage than Chandler. Realistically speaking, the former Knick didn’t really have his number called on offense.
Playing with the Sixers will help reinvent the former DePaul Blue Demon into a scoring threat. This addition will help Ben Simmons by adding another target. Not to mention he will be able to go down low and grab some boards with Joel Embiid.
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