Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  37 responses

Wilson Chandler Signed 5-Year, $37 Million Deal With Denver Nuggets

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

As expected, Wilson Chandler has been inked to a long-term deal, and the total remake of the Denver Nuggets appears to be complete.

The Nuggets front-office has been busy wheeling and dealing quite a bit of late, and their final big move of the season was signing Chandler to a contract.

The Denver Post has the details:

JaVale McGee, waiting for a finalized trade, would be a Nugget soon. Chandler too. Counting Chandler’s scoring average of 15.3 points from last season, that would give Denver an incredible 10 players who average at least 8.8 points a game. “I think it’s fun,” [head coach George Karl] said. “But in a normal regular season, you want a 30- (to) 40-game package of the eight, nine guys that you’ll rotate in a game — and know how you’re going to do it. With JaVale and Wilson, you can’t even come close to that. … But in the same sense, it can be advantageous to us, if we commit to 22 games and don’t get egos and don’t worry about minutes and get flustered about not playing. (I say to the players), ‘Whatever you get, take it seriously and see what happens.’

On Sunday, Chandler signed a five-year deal worth $37 million, Chand ler’s agent said. The signing was first reported by The Denver Post. Also on Sunday, the Nene trade went through, making McGee, a former Wizards center, officially a Nugget. Chandler and McGee are expected to be available tonight when the Nuggets hosts the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. To make room for Chandler, the Nuggets waived Ronny Turiaf, as expected.

Ever since Carmelo Anthony was dealt away to the New York Knicks, Denver has transformed itself into a young, hungry, and exciting team with a major focus on ball movement.

And as the Nuggets look to move up in the standings with the Playoffs looming, Wilson Chandler is expected to be a major cog in the Mile High City.

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  • crooklyn

    My favorite player in the league. Hard worker, unselfish, never complains, and lives for team basketball. THIS guy definitely deserves every red cent. Hated to see him leave NY.

  • T-Money

    that’s a good contract, good job masai. but the nuggets will have to package some guys for a star because you don’t want 10 guys who feel they should be starting.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    yeah dude is solid, denver is really deep. it will be interesting to see if they manage to keep mcgee this summer

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/wilson-chandler-signed-5-year-37-million-deal-with-denver-nuggets/ Philly

    McGee will drive coach karl nuts!!! red flag all over Mcgee IMO

  • AD

    Mcgee is going to help that defense big time…. and wilson chandler is goona make them a tougher team

  • tomtom

    Help that defence do what exactly??

  • underdog

    @T-Money: I think the Nuggets want everything but a star player. If Karl can set the minds straight in the locker room, they can be a Sixers like PO team with real depth.

  • VC

    Cant wait to see this guy play again. I heard he improved his game while in China. I doubt he’ll play tonight against the champs Dallas.

  • dan

    mcgee will block and change alot of shots. in a surrounding with a good coaching culture and many vets around him he wont do the same nonsense as he did in washington. and this contract for chandler and the nuggets is a win win thing. fair salary for a good player. we miss that guy in ny big time

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Man, Denver is so athletic.
    Great to see him back in the Nba without the same kind of drama JR & Kenyon generated with their premature departures from the CBA.
    Earned his money, stayed in shape, easily gained more confidence and now this great new contract.
    Chandler is one of the winners of the ‘playing abroad during the lockout’ fraction. (if not THE winner)

  • Omar

    As a Knicks fan, absolutely did NOT want him to be included in the Melo trade.

  • http://none Prop Wash

    Even if JaVale grows up in a split second Denver will not be able to keep him past this season. He’s looking for 14 million per.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/wilson-chandler-signed-5-year-37-million-deal-with-denver-nuggets/ Philly

    he´s not worth 14 millions,

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Dark, I think he got to be the winner. Who else even comes close?

  • el_larsen

    no doubt he s good but it s alot of money and it s another wing player for the nuggets

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Nbk: at first i would have claimed Nicolas Batum (fantastic Eurobasket tournament then dominated in Nancy, impressed in the Euroleague) but he came back to a bench role and contract squabbles.
    Tony Parker didn’t earn money playing for his club, Asvel, but damn he was a joy to watch.
    It’s gotta be Wilson followed by Deron, right?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think so. I forgot about TP and what he was doin over there though. But yeah, Wilson followed by Deron is what I would say. Chandler was like LeBron in China though.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    McGee will take full court shots and box out his own teammates.

  • MaxIsNative

    14 million for being 7 foot and having a leaping ability better than average leaping ability seems ridiculous… Dude is maybe 7-8 million, if he shows improvement this year.

  • AD

    did nene ever play defense………. ok then

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Honestly wish he wasn’t going to Denver. He would be so much fun to watch on a team that is playing for something. I think he is one of the top 10 Small Forwards if not top 5. On second thought, Denver will be fun to watch. I just don’t see them ever getting to the second round. Too many role players on the team. Great role players, but role players none-the-less.

  • Bobbito

    Very good signing by Ujiri. I hated how he accommodated Melo in the few years they were together, but he’s don’t an incredible job of keeping this team competitive since trading him. Other than the Nenê trade for McGee(which is a good move of cap but for a knuckle headed player) I love what he’s doing. Executive of the year if you ask me.

  • AD

    @lakeshow i think they can beat the lakers or upset the spurs.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Your wrong. How could they ever beat a veteran playoff/title team? They have no experience what-so-ever. Why would they be able to beat someone that knows how to win it all over oh I don’t know say, The Grizzlies, Clippers, Thunder. Those teams have never won before. I’m going to give the benefit of doubt to the guys that have won it all. If they win a playoff series it would be against an inexperienced team imo.

  • Jer Boi

    Only team Denver will really have trouble in the west with is OKC. They can beat any other team in the west. they already beat Miami in the East as well. Detroit never had a star when they won, Denver’s similar in that sense. Annoyed that they traded Nene because he was their go to guy in the post, but I hope Mcghee isnt as stupid and Karl sits him if he does anything stupid.

  • riggs

    shouldve traded landry and kept him…damn knicks.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Your right Jer Boi… Regular season and post season have direct and obvious correlation.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Denver is so fun to watch when they’re healthy. Now they got everything – Gallo’s back, they get Chandler…and JaVale will bring the comedy/annoying-guy factor. They’ll compete with anyone!

  • jake

    These nuggets kinda Remind me of 04 pistons. Agree???

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  • LA Huey

    LakeShow, remember when the ’07 Cavs swept the RS series from the Spurs and then beat them for the chip?

  • Shem

    Nene is a top 5 center. Trading him to make room for Wilson wasn’t a good move in my opinion. It’s not like they got assets for him after this year. No way McGee stays after this year. Wilson is on the come up, don’t get me wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Yes I do Huey. Hence why I made fun of Jer Boi.
    - Shem, Nene is not a top 5 center imo. He has an argument, but he could also be as low as 10. Howard, Bynum, Gasol, Cousins, Bogut, Joakim Noah, Al Jefferson, Marcin Gortat. He might be top 5. I wouldn’t take him that high personally. Nene isn’t “taking” Denver anywhere.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    They signed Nene this summer with the full intention to trade him. They didnt want him on their team from the beginning, so getting Javale McGee is better then losing him for nothing. Don’t make it more complicated then it is, Wilson Chandler had nothing to do with it. They would have signed him either way, he does have Bird rights.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    nene doesn’t rebound enough to be considered top 5, imo. He’s really good tho. And Marc Gasol is better than Andrew Bynum. Second best center outside of Dwight. Bogut is probably third when healthy, then Andrew.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    One of those guys that seems capable of doing ALOT with the ball….without the ball…. what is he like as a locker-room guy?? Could be a team captain type for the future.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    So what becomes of Turiaf? I like his heart, solid player.