Following the Nuggets win against the Cavaliers last night, Head Coach George Karl was asked if Kenneth Faried would play tonight against the Boston Celtics. Karl said that Faried would play, but the man that may not play is Wilson Chandler. Sources have confirmed that Chandler will attempt to play with his groin injury, but that’s not the reason he’s in the headlines today.
In another case of athletes not realizing how to use Twitter, Chandler took to his account and tweeted out “11 days.”
The tweet appeared for only a few minutes before Chandler deleted it.
Now 11 days may not seem like much, but it just so happens that the NBA trade deadline is just 11 days away.
One of Chandler’s followers caught the tweet and sent out the following message of his own:
“I’ve been @wilsonchandler biggest supporter. This dude a L7 stay saying something without saying it. Demand a trade. Talent can do that.”
Chandler responded with the following tweets:
While I’m far from an expert, it looks to me like Chandler is confirming that he has in fact asked the Nuggets for a trade. Chandler, who turns 26 years old in May, has battled injury problems since he has arrived in Denver. Not too long after signing a five-year extension for just over $31 million, there were rumors that he could be on his way to Golden State for a first round pick.
Chandler has proven himself to be a scorer, defender and three-point shooter for the Nuggets. While the Nuggets are on a nine-game winning streak and moving up the Western Conference standings, could Chandler just not be happy?
Does he want to show that he’s more than just a role player and that he could start on the majority of other teams? The fact is, the Nuggets have plenty of these guys. Joining Chandler as standout reserves are JaVale McGee, Corey Brewer and Andre Miller.
Miller made a claim earlier in the week that the Nuggets may get to the first round, but they can’t win without a superstar. Karl said he has to “talk to Miller in Toronto” about his comments.
Will Chandler be moved? Does he deserve to be frustrated? It’s going to be an interesting 11 days until the deadline.