NBA Rumors: Denver Nuggets Won't Let Wilson Chandler Get Away

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2012

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 19:  Forward Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets drives against Center Erick Dampier #25 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 19, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  The Heat defeated the Nuggets 103-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Any team hoping to add restricted free-agent Wilson Chandler should forget about it. There is no way the Denver Nuggets are going to let him get away. 

The 24-year-old small forward has spent the first part of this year flashing his hoop skills in China. His Chinese team made the playoffs, but he has been allowed to return to the NBA.

And his first stop upon return was with Denver. 

Benjamin Hochman from the Denver Post has the news:

Just got word that Wilson Chandler will be in Denver tomorrow to meet with the team about a possible signing.

— Benjamin Hochman (@nuggetsnews) February 20, 2012

This is excellent timing for the Nuggets, and it makes complete sense that they lock him up to a contract.


Why This Moves Makes Sense

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 03:  Danilo Gallinari #8 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball against Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on February 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agree
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One of the Nuggets greatest strengths is their amazing depth. This depth has quickly thinned due to a barrage of injuries. 

Currently they will be without Danilo Gallinari at least until early March and Nene until later this month. 

Chandler will instantly help ease the pain of these frontcourt injuries. 

He is a versatile small forward, and was a big piece to Denver's success last season after landing there in the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks

In 21 games with the Nuggets he averaged 30.6 minutes, 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. 

Prior to these injuries, Chandler may have been considered a luxury to the Nuggets. That is clearly not the case now. They are not going to let another team sign him away.