The Nuggets Should Trade Wilson Chandler

March 18, 2011; Orlando FL, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler (21) shoots during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

There is no question that Wilson Chandler is a very talented player with a bright future.

He is a hard worker and is one of  the most versatile defenders in the NBA – with the ability to defend four different positions (point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards). He is also capable of scoring 15 points a game with a wide array of moves. He could easily start in the NBA or be the perfect sixth man.

But how does he fit in with the Denver Nuggets? He isn’t going to beat out Danilo Gallinari or Arron Afflalo for a starting wing spot. The Nuggets already have the energetic Corey Brewer, who was a big reason why the Nuggets forced a Game 7, and the up-and-coming Jordan Hamilton, who has shown signs of being a special player and also the shooter that the Nuggets vastly need, coming off the bench. So where does Chandler come into play?

Chandler is also the Nuggets best trade piece and has a relatively cheap contract ($31.6 million for 5 years) for a starting small forward and there are a number of teams that are looking to upgrade at the 3. Some may be willing to trade down in the draft to add a player like Chandler. More importantly the Nuggets need to free up cap space to re-sign JaVale McGee and offer Ty Lawson a contract extension.

Whether it is in the offseason or at the trade deadline the Nuggets need to move Chandler and other assets to improve the talent on the roster. Denver has a young and exciting squad, but it will take another piece or two for the Nuggets to get to the next level. Chandler is not that piece, but he could help the Nuggets get that extra piece.

Topics: Arron Afflalo, Corey Brewer, Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, JaVale McGee, Jordan Hamilton, Ty Lawson, Wilson Chandler

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  • Classy_Fro

    I say move him. He is the same player as Gallo and doesn’t show up in big games. The investment to Gallo is big enough. We need Javale and Ty on this team more than we need Wilson. If the Nuggets can move Chandler for a 12-15 pick I say do it. There is a 7’1 center at Illinois who would definitely fit the Nuggets squad perfectly. Also lets move Koufos for Jamal Crawford in Portland.

    • madness

      I think it would take Chandler and the 20th pick to get the 12th pick, and the Nuggets would have to take back Shaun Livingston or Beno Udrih. Jamal Crawford actually opted out of his contract and will be a free agent.

  • JJ068

    this is the most thoughtless move.. why would you get rid of chandler
     
    1. he is a beast
    2. he is the one that will give the extra boost/depth to get deeper in the playoffs..
    3. he’s too solid to trade
    4. He’s young and will only get better
     
    i don’t like to put anyone under the bus but if you must get rid of a player get rid of gallinari.. hate to see him go but he’s too out of control with his style of ball 
     
    and as helpful as he could be he can be just as detrimental unless someone works with him this summer he has no control over his body or the ball

    • madness

      ‘He’s a beast’, ‘He’s too solid to trade’, ‘He’s young and will only get better’.
      Those are all very opinionated statement. In fact, those are all statements you can use to describe Gallo too, and how you described Gallo is exactly how you can describe Chandler. Funny how those opinionated statements work.

      Gallo is three years younger than Chandler, he’s a better ball-handler, shooter and all-around player. He also draws twice as many fouls as Chandler. And when Gallo struggles with his shot, he can help in many different ways. Attacking the basket, getting his teammates involved and helping on defense.

      Chandler is a very versatile player, but he doesn’t help his teammates. In fact he’s not a very good passer, he also doesn’t attack the basket enough. When he struggles offensively, it affects his defense. Hence, the OKC series last year when he shot .276 and it goes to his head.

      So is Chandler a good player? Sure, just like I said. Is he every going to be better than Gallo? Not likely. Is he a good sixth man? Sure, but he also would take minutes away from Jordan Hamilton and Corey Brewer.

  • http://Nugglove.com Madness

     @Classy_Fro I think it would take Chandler and the 20th pick to get the 12th pick, and the Nuggets would have to take back Shaun Livingston or Beno Udrih. Jamal Crawford actually opted out of his contract and will be a free agent.

  • http://Nugglove.com Madness

    @JJ068
    ‘He’s a beast’, ‘He’s too solid to trade’, ‘He’s young and will only get better’.Those are all very opinionated statement. In fact, those are all statements you can use to describe Gallo too. And how you described Gallo is exactly how you can describe Chandler. Funny how those opinionated statements work.
    Gallo is three years younger than Chandler, he’s a better ball-handler, shooter and all-around player. He also draws twice as many fouls as Chandler. And when Gallo struggles with his shot, he can help in many different ways. Attacking the basket, getting his teammates involved and helping on defense.
    Chandler is a very versatile player, but he doesn’t help his teammates. In fact he’s not a very good passer, he also doesn’t attack the basket enough. When he struggles offensively, it affects his defense. Hence, the OKC series last year when he shot .276 and it goes to his head.
    So is Chandler a good player? Sure, just like I said. Is he every going to be better than Gallo? Not likely. Is he a good sixth man? Sure. But he might be more valuable to the Nuggets due to his trade value.