Chandler was traded to the 76ers from the Nuggets on Tuesday, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports. The Nuggets are also sending a 2021 second-round pick and the rights to swap 2022 second-round picks. In exchange, the 76ers are sending minimal cash considerations.
This move was ultimately a salary dump for the Nuggets, who are looking to maintain financial flexibility and reduce what would have been a $50-plus million luxury tax bill. On the other side of the deal, the Sixers receive a quality wing player who can slot in at both forwards spots. Chandler started 71 of the 74 games he appeared in last season, averaging 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and hitting 1.2 threes per game at 35.8 percent. Robert Covington and Dario Saric will presumably continue to start at small forward and power forward, respectively, with Chandler able to play a sixth-man role off the pine. From a fantasy context, the move hurts Chandler's value, but he should maintain relevance in deeper leagues and occasionally DFS.
Chandler exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports.
This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as Chandler was unlikely to garner a bigger contract in free agency. The 31-year-old is coming off one of the most uneventful seasons of his career. He averaged just 10.0 points (44.5 percent shooting from the field and 35.8 percent from three), 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 31.6 minutes.
Chandler missed all three of his shots from the field as he was held scoreless across 48 minutes during Wednesday's 112-106 loss to the Timberwolves. He did collect nine rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Chandler led the team in minutes in this overtime affair, but he was a virtual non-factor on the offensive end. He did manage to chip in on the boards, finishing with a rather odd stat line that is a bit reflective of his season as a whole. Chandler has another year remaining on his contract with Denver, but it remains to be seen what the front office chooses to do with him, given the depth of other frontcourt options on the roster.
Chandler pitched in eight points (3-8 FG, 2-3 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in an 88-82 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.
Chandler saw a three-game streak of double-digit scoring efforts snapped, in large part due to his second sub-40-percent shooting night over the last four games. The 10-year veteran did keep up his solid work on the glass, and he's now hauled in between five and seven rebounds in five consecutive contests. Chandler's future with the starting five may be somewhat tenuous if the Nuggets do make the playoffs, as head coach Michael Malone could potentially decide to slide the more productive Will Barton over to Chandler's small forward spot in order to bring Gary Harris back into the first unit at two-guard.
Chandler scored 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt) while adding seven rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes during Saturday's 134-115 win over the Clippers.
Chandler enjoyed an efficient night at the offensive end, despite a large volume of shot attempts, and he finished with his highest scoring output in seven games. The attempts aren't likely to pile up for Chandler with so many other capable offensive options on the roster, but performances such as this are still useful for the team and fantasy owners alike. He'll look to help his team push toward the playoffs Monday against the Blazers.
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