Sixers reportedly set to acquire Wilson Chandler from the Nuggets

By Vincent Frank

It might not be the splash move most anticipated the Philadelphia 76ers making this summer, but the up-and-coming team is on the verge of bolstering its depth.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, Philadelphia is closing in on a deal with the Denver Nuggets for veteran forward Wilson Chandler.

Chandler, 31, has long been on the trade block. That was brought to a new level earlier this week when Denver re-signed Will Barton and Nikola Jokic, putting itself well over the luxury tax threshold.

A first-round pick of the New York Knicks back in 2007, Chandler averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds while hitting on 36 percent of his three-point attempts this past season. That came on the heels of a 2016-17 campaign in which the forward averaged a career-best 15.7 points per.

From a Nuggets perspective, this this was a straight salary dump. They send draft pick compensation to the Sixers in order for Philadelphia to absorb Chandler’s contract.

In reality, Chandler is an upgrade as a two-way option over a player in Marco Belinelli who Philadelphia lost in free agency to the Spurs this past weekend.