Wilson Chandler: Can the Nuggets work out a sign-and-trade?

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In case you're not following Wilson Chandler's Twitter account, hoping for some clue about where and when he will play basketball again, he's "packin" this morning, getting ready to hit the road again.

Considering the Nuggets are the only team Chandler can sign with this season, it makes one wonder if he wants to be here at all.

If he doesn't, which has been suggested, a sign-and-trade is the best way for the Nuggets to get something of value in exchange for the restricted free agent.

Just so we're clear, for the rest of this season, Chandler can agree to play for the Nuggets, play overseas or sit out the season. Italy has been his rumored destination should he choose to go international. Chandler would need to sign a long-term deal if he plays for the Nuggets this season, because the team is unwilling to sign him just for the rest of the season.

Chandler wants to become a free agent, but his path to free agency is not a short one. If the Nuggets signed him for the rest of this season, he would become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. But again, the Nuggets won't allow that to happen because Chandler was a key piece of the Carmelo Anthony trade and to watch Chandler walk away for nothing after playing only twenty-some games would be embarrassing.

If Chandler really wants to become an unrestricted free agent, he would need to sign a qualifying offer with the Nuggets next year and wait until the end of next season to truly test the market. If he simply sits out this season or plays in Italy, he will be able to offer himself as a restricted free agent this off-season. This would be the exact same scenario as when he came back from China, because the Nuggets would be able to match any offer he received from another team, but there will be more teams with money to spend in the off-season.

Obviously, the best option for Nuggets fans is to work out a long-term deal. But the sides are still just talking and not accomplishing much. The Nuggets are low-balling Chandler, as is the savvy move since they hold the cards right now, and Chandler's agent, Chris Luchey, says he's "awaiting their true offer."

The Nuggets don't want to pay Chandler too much money to back up Danilo Gallinari, but Chandler is versatile enough to play shooting guard and even power forward if the Nuggets are playing small-ball. But Chandler could start for a number of teams and might not want to want to settle for whatever scrap minutes he can find in Denver.

This is why a sign-and-trade, which would have to happen in the off-season, might be the most viable option. And by viable, I mean ideal but rather difficult.

This would require a lot of negotiation, because Chandler would have to agree on the destination before signing a deal with the Nuggets and then moving to another team, which would pick up that contract. The Nuggets would also have to find a willing trade partner that doesn't have much cap room. If a team has enough salary cap space this off-season, it would have no incentive to trade with the Nuggets. That's because it could simply give Chandler an offer sheet and hope the Nuggets don't match it without sending any players to the Nuggets in exchange for Chandler.

The Nuggets could match any offer Chandler receives, but how much do the Nuggets want to spend on a back-up, albeit one of the better back-ups in the league? For some context of what Chandler might demand, Thaddeus Young, a comparable forward from Chandler's draft class, recently signed a four-year extension that pays him about $8.3 million a year. Signing Chandler for that kind of money could hamper the Nuggets' ability to extend Ty Lawson when his rookie contract ends after next season.

As firmly as the Nuggets control the negotiations right now, if Chandler is determined to play elsewhere or be paid like a starter, he eventually will. So while working out a sign-and-trade might be overly optimistic, it's something the Nuggets should consider, if they haven't already.

There are a lot of moving parts, but Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri gets paid to orchestrate those parts.

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18 comments
Invoice
Invoice

The offer was quiet good but I don't think so that the public will realize it clearly because loyalty speaks on a team and it was broken in this situation.  The sources may have misleaded the issues so be sure about this fictional issues. 

Andre Wills59
Andre Wills59

But what has hurt chandler is the fact that he went to china to play. If he stayed I'm sure the nuggets would have not mave the move to bring rudy and cory here. Sometime these agents hurt players more than help.

Yourmomma21
Yourmomma21

Can't sign and trade with Wilsons situation....fix this article....check your sources.

mikekosic
mikekosic

Chandler's inability to sign and start playing is killing my fantasy team! 8 million  seems too much for him though.

My Investment Pro Stock Picks app doesn't bring in $8 million, that's for sure!

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Brandon T
Brandon T

Backup? Gallinari should be Chandlers backup!

Eric
Eric

I'm just pleased the guy doesn't think this is his only option.

Too often guys think they have to do something when they don't.

If he's  adamant about either getting paid or not signing, with the plum opportunity of traveling, working abroad, the club will either do the right thing by him if they want him, or they'll expose themselves as hoping for something for nothing.

The team can jump up and down, hold its' breath, threaten, posture, pretend indifference, and fist pump all they want.

The decision is Wilson's. 

Don't let 'em bully you, Wilson. Italy would be great, and you can sign with an interested team for a fortune next year.

Keith B
Keith B

Apparently no sign and trade due to time deadline. Cannot happen at this juncture in season? That's what I'm being told anyway.

Keith B
Keith B

Actually sign and trades were not eliminated, only modified starting a few years from now.

But from what I've read Wilson can't be involved in a sign and trade due to particulars of his situation. Not sure what specifically prevents that. Maybe because he's restricted FA?

CJ Powell
CJ Powell

...sign* a qualifying offer...

Keith B
Keith B

I'm not sure your information is accurate in terms of possibilities for Wilson and Denver.

If I'm not mistaken, no teams other than DEN can make an offer to Wilson this year. Previously a team could make an offer sheet for Wilson which DEN would have the option to match but that option ended March 1st. Now only Denver can make offers to Wilson.

And as far as I know sign and trades were eliminated in the CBA.

David D
David D

HAHA yea right, Gallinari is twice as good as Chandler.

Nothinghidden
Nothinghidden

hey buddy if he goes to italy gets injuried his worth nothing stupid idea. If his numbers drop off in italy as the leauge would be 10 times harder than china he looks bad ur idea is  a NO good his being a brat at the moment denver is team that would have a huge amount of talent if chandler comes on board. Gallo nene and ty have shown top level they can get it done making there value alot more than chandler

Darisch7640
Darisch7640

He can't sign for anyone, but Denver for next year...that's it.  The fortune will have to come later.

v_fresh
v_fresh

Nah, more like 1.1 times better.

Eric
Eric

Actually, no.

The world could end tomorrow. A person could get hit by a car ten minutes from now.

This just might be one of those rare occasions where a smart person refuses to be led around by fear of "the terrible ifs".

Brat?

No.

Afflicted by Stockholm Syndrome? No again.

Are the Nuggets trying to sell him pure, unadulterated bullshit?

Oh yea.

Go for it, Wilson. Do the right thing for you, something you can live with, a decision you can be proud of.

If you sign, make it for what you want.

Otherwise, walk away.

The best revenge is living well.

Darisch7640
Darisch7640

Denver can match any "fortune" that's offered to Wilson next year as a restricted freeagent..thought I'd qualify my earlier comment.  Denver is a team on the rise.. a deepteam...I have no idea why he won't sign at this time.  They will pay him fair dollar, butas mentioned by someone else Denver needs to sign Ty Lawson next year and isn'tgoing to break the bank for a backup.

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