By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Once the Philadelphia 76ers lost out on LeBron James — who signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers — the franchise had to focus on other options. After the team re-signed J.J. Redick on Monday, the 76ers looked to improve their roster.
On Tuesday, the team acquired swingman Wilson Chandler in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. The team acquired draft considerations in the deal, as well, without sending anything in return to the Nuggets in return.
In terms of the draft considerations, Denver will be sending their 2021 second-round draft pick to the 76ers. In addition, the teams will have the right to swap their 2022 second-round draft pick.
The Nuggets had to trade Chandler in order to give them enough cap space before they’re officially able to sign Will Barton to an extension on Friday. That’s when the free agent period window is lifted and all contracts are official.
Chandler joins the 76ers deep team. He’ll likely back up starting shooting guard T.J. McConnell or small forward Robert Covington.
The 31-year-old Chandler spent the past seven seasons with the Nuggets after being apart of the three-team deal, along with the New York Knicks and the Minnesota Timberwolves on February 22nd, 2011 to send Carmelo Anthony to New York.
This past season, he appeared in 74 games, including 71 starts. He averaged 10 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game.
Chandler returns to the Eastern Conference with this move. He previously played three-and-a-half years with the Knicks before the Anthony deal.