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The Philadelphia 76ers acquired small forward Wilson Chandler from the Denver Nuggets last week and the plan is to keep him for this upcoming season.
Chandler will earn $12.8 million in 2018-19 and become a unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.
The Sixers traded for Chandler to maintain financial flexibility and reduce their luxury tax bill.
Many around the league thought Philadelphia would reroute Chandler to the San Antonio Spurs in a potential deal for Kawhi Leonard, but Sixers head coach Brett Brown says the veteran swingman will be a key piece to the team.
“When you look at the DNA of the modern day player, he is that,” Brown said Tuesday. “He can guard multiple positions. He can make a three-point shot and has the versatility in his game that is incredibly impressive. I think anytime you can get people in a contract year, you put them in positions where they can do well.”
Chandler played in 74 games this past year for Denver and averaged 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists, shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three.
The 6-foot-8 forward is excited to be on a playoff team.
“I’m glad to be back on a playoff team,” Chandler said. “I’m looking forward to pushing it as far as we can. Whatever they need, I’m going to play hard. I’m going to defend hard and do whatever the team needs, whatever coach needs. I’m not worried about coming off the bench or starting. I’ve done both in my career.”
For his career, Chandler has averaged 13.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 590 games.