Ever since the NBA lockout was resolved in early December, we’ve been waiting for the league’s China defectors to trickle back to the States and reenter the league. That movement began this week, with Kenyon Martin joining the Clippers — and now, it appears, we’ve got another returnee.
Restricted free agent forward Wilson Chandler plans to re-sign with Nuggets once he returns from China, his agent Chris Luchey told Y!Sports—
Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 09, 2012
Chandler has spent this season with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. When he’s back from abroad, he plans to return to a Nuggets team that he helped bolster at the trade deadline last spring.
As a key piece of the trade package that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York, Chandler joined the Nuggets last February and became an instant success. He averaged 12.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for the Nuggets and helped make them one of the hottest teams in the league heading into the playoffs, though they were summarily bounced in round one by Oklahoma City.
Chandler turns 25 in May. He’s averaged 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game across his four NBA seasons with New York and Denver.