The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Wilson Chandler and draft considerations from the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple reports on Tuesday afternoon. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to confirm the news.
Denver will be sending Chandler to the Sixers along with future second round picks.
The 76ers are acquiring Wilson Chandler, a 2021 second round pick and the rights to swap 2022 second round picks with the Nuggets for minimal cash considerations, per source.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) July 3, 2018
Chandler just finished his 10th season in the NBA. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2007 before being traded to Denver in 2011. The 31-year old forward has averaged 13.5 points per game over the course of his career. During the 2017-18 season, Chandler played 74 games and averaged just 8.5 shots per game (which is the second lowest total of his career).
The Sixers will take on all of Chandler’s $12.8 million contract but Philadelphia does not have to keep him for the upcoming season if they have other plans.
Trading Wilson Chandler to Philadelphia will save Denver $50M in combined salary and luxury tax. The Nuggets tax bill now drops from $51.3M to $14.3M. The $12.8M Chandler contract can be traded immediately without any restrictions because Philadelphia acquired him with room.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 3, 2018
Chandler could be an extra piece in the package for a still relevant Kawhi Leonard trade. If not, the Sixers have added a quality wing player that can more than hold his own on both ends of the court. According to NBA.com, Chandler finished a season with a positive Net rating for the first time since 2013.
Whether he stays in Philadelphia or gets used in a trade, there does not seem to be a negative effect on the Sixers with this deal.
So what say you, Sixers fans? Keep him or trade him?