Posted by Royce Young
Last week, it appeared that Nuggets restricted free agent Wilson Chandler was on the verge of an interesting deal to play in Italy during the lockout.
But according to Chandler's agent, via SI.com, that deal appears to be off. And instead of Italy, it might be China. Which of course is intriguing because of that whole no NBA opt-out thing China has.
Quite a risk from Chandler, if indeed true. He'd be better big on the NBA season not happening because no matter what China was willing to offer, it wouldn't be near the deal he'd be likely to get from an NBA team. Already even if Chandler doesn't get an offer, the Nuggets would owe him $3.1 million and it's unlikely he'd get a contract in China touching anywhere near that.
Chandler's reported Italian deal was pretty interesting though as it was more of a month-by-month setup than just a year contract. He was going to stay there until December for sure and then if the NBA was back in business, likely sign return to the NBA. I don't exactly know how that would've worked since he's technically under contract with the Nuggets because he's a restricted free agent, but I'm sure there's some kind of catch.
Now, since it sounds like that's not happening, it's back to the drawing board. And if Chandler's really looking at China this intently, then I think that says one thing: He wants some money, now.