Report: Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler has been made available in trade talks

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) reaches for the ball while being guarded by Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena.
Mar 19, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) reaches for the ball while being guarded by Miami Heat forward Josh Richardson (0) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

According to David Aldridge of TNT, the Denver Nuggets have made Wilson Chandler available in trade talks.

Chandler recently opted into the final year of is contract, which will pay him just under $13 million next season. Trading Chandler would give the Nuggets more financial flexibility to help them re-sign Will Barton as well as any other additions the Nuggets may try to make in free agency. A trade of Chandler would put the Nuggets in a bit of a problem at the small forward position as their only small forward left on the roster would be Juancho Hernangomez.

A Chandler trade would potentially open the door for Michael Porter Jr. to earn more playing time if he is healthy going into next season, but any trade of Chandler will likely be financially motived.

Chandler gives the Nuggets a veteran presence on the wing, but he could also could be valuable to other contenders around the league. With just one year left on his deal, teams may be more accepting of the $13 million cap hit as long as the Nuggets add a sweetener to the deal.

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