Sixers To Acquire Wilson Chandler
The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to re-sign JJ Redick on Monday, but are still in need of some more offensive contributors for the upcoming season. A trade for Kawhi Leonard isn't completely off the table, but seems unlikely at this point. On Tuesday, the Sixers look to have firmed up a veteran scoring option off the bench, acquiring forward Wilson Chandler from the Nuggets. Because of Chandler's cap hit, Philadelphia gave up basically nothing to get him and a couple of future draft considerations.
Chandler is set to make $12.8 million during his final contract year, so after signing Redick to a one-year deal in the $12-13 million range, they have about $2.1 million left in addition to a mid-level exception spot ($4.48 mil) to use on another free agent if they want to.
According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, Denver will save $50 million in combined salary and luxury tax by dealing Chandler. He also notes that since the Sixers acquired Chandler with cap room, he can be traded immediately without any restrictions. Although trading him right away could be an option, TNT's David Aldrige reports that Philadelphia intends to keep him.
Last season in Denver, the 31-year-old averaged 10 points and 5.4 rebounds on 44.5 percent shooting overall and 35.8 percent from beyond the arc. It was a disappointing season for Chandler, who's career scoring average is 13.5. He averaged 15.7 points while shooting over 46 percent during the 2016-17 season.
Brandon Apter is a contributor to 97.3 ESPN and managing editor at SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @bapter23.