Hope Ty's okay; another injury is the last thing the Nuggets need.
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Wilson Chandler attends #Nuggets OT win, says he expects to re-sign with DEN. "I like being in Denver. I’m looking forward to being back."
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Chandler says he hopes to get contract signed "in the next week or so." Still needs clearance from Chinese Basketball Association.
Wilson Chandler is in Toronto to discuss the possibility of signing with the Raptors, according to Sam Amick of SI.com (via Twitter). Agent Chris Luchey tells Amick that his client is staying in touch with the Nuggets, but is exploring all his options (Twitter link).
Chandler has already met with the Nuggets and expressed interest in joining the team on a long-term deal, if possible. As a restricted free agent, however, the 24-year-old is eligible to sign an offer sheet with another club before March 1st -- the Nuggets would then have the opportunity to match it. Chandler, who still requires clearance by FIBA before he officially signs with an NBA team, hopes to get a deal done within a week.
Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld reported late last month that the Raptors planned to "make life hard" for the Nuggets when Chandler returned from China. While I expect Chandler to end up signing with Denver, the DePaul product could become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he and the Nuggets don't work out a multiyear deal. The Raptors will have plenty of salary, includingLeandro Barbosa's $7.6MM, coming off their books, so they could make a run at Chandler at that point if he's available. Chandler and Luchey may use that as leverage in the next few days as they make their case for a long-term deal with Denver.
George Karl believes Danilo Gallinari will return to Nuggets shortly after all-star break
Danilo Gallinari was injured Feb. 6 during the Nuggets' 99-90 loss to Houston. Counting that night and Monday's win over the Timberwolves, the Nuggets are just 3-6 since Gallinari's injury.
Before the Nuggets played the Timberwolves, coach George Karl shed some light on Gallinari's return.
"I think we're all shooting for somewhere after the all-star break," Karl said. "I don't know if it's Wednesday night (Feb. 29) against Portland or the next game or the next game. But we're hoping it's that week."
Read more:George Karl believes Danilo Gallinari will return to Nuggets shortly after all-star break - The Denver Posthttp://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_20007809?source=skipframe-bleacherreport.com#ixzz1n9zIga8E
Kiszla: Nuggets' swoon? Put the blame on George Karl
The Nuggets are too busy making excuses to make a jump shot. Rationalize it any way you want, but during an excruciatingly bad four-week span, Denver has been the worst team in the Western Conference.
Blame injuries for the team's woes. George Karl does. But the woes of a team playing bad basketball begin with the coach.
At midterm of this crazy, don't-blink NBA season, what grade should we give Karl?
Let's call it a D+.
It has not been a total failure for Karl.
But the coach is kidding himself if he thinks the only things ailing the Nuggets are the nagging injuries to forward Danilo Gallinari and center Nene. This is a team that has let the thin air out of its home-court advantage. The Nuggets have forgotten how to hold a fourth-quarter lead. For a banged-up team, Karl seems confused by a surplus of big men and doles out their playing time on a whim.
With the Nuggets headed to the all-star break sitting in ninth place in the conference standings, I asked Karl to evaluate the performance of himself and his coaching staff.
"It's a lockout year," Karl said. "It's a year where I don't want to really look at myself during the year, because I look at what I've got to do tomorrow."
The 18-17 record does not surprise Karl. But he knows it means the Nuggets will have little or no margin for error during the stretch run.
"I wish we would have had a little buffer," Karl said. "I'm not panicking either way. I mean there have been games I've been disappointed how I've done my job, and there are other games we as a coaching staff have gone above and beyond what we're capable of doing."
Since Jan. 28, Denver has lost 12 of 16 games. Sure, the team has been hurt. But what's more worrisome is how the Nuggets have hurt themselves. Five of the losses were suffered before the talent core became seriously depleted. The slump started with an annoying tendency to blow fourth-quarter leads. For a team that prides itself on
While Karl's response to the meltdown has ranged from a don't-worry, be-happy song to rolled eyes at any suggestion of deep flaws, the losses have hit as hard as a knockout blow to the ego. Within the walls of the Nuggets' front office, there's no longer solid confidence this team is ready in 2012 to challenge the top teams in the West.
Oklahoma City looks as scary as Kevin Durant, the league's deadliest scorer. San Antonio stubbornly stays strong despite the decline of Tim Duncan and the frequent absence of Manu Ginobili. The Los Angeles Clippers, of all teams, have become as steady as the hand of MVP candidate Chris Paul. And the Dallas Mavericks now appear they won't surrender their NBA championship without a fight.
During the slide, there's no doubt Denver has lost its mojo. The challenge of this condensed season is there are few practices and even fewer off days to halt a downward spiral and reset.
"My gut says it's going to be a heck of a run," Karl said. "I think the second half is going to be extremely important to re-establish home court, re-establish and regroup our defense, and understand the things that bring confidence to us. One of them is intensity; the other one is passing the ball to each other.
"Our pick-and-roll defense is not the worst in the league, but it's chaotic right now. How we straighten that out without practicing
Guard Arron Afflalo was asked if he remains confident the Nuggets could again be one of the top four teams in the West when the roster returns to full health.
"Yes," he confidently replied.
After beating cancer and dealing with the fallout from Carmelo Anthony's trade demands, Karl richly deserved the three-year contract extension he received last season.
Now, it's time for the coach to earn all that money.
It's far from a certainty the Nuggets will make the playoffs.
If they don't, it's on Karl.
What’s up with Wilson (Chandler)?
That’s the common question from Nuggets fans heading into the rest of this NBA season — will the Nuggets lock up Wilson Chandler to a long-term deal?
The forward is a restricted free agent, but if Denver signs him for just this season, Chandler would become unrestricted this summer — and then the Nuggets could possibly lose their valuable asset for what was basically just a few-months rental. A one-year deal is out, his agent, Chris Luchey, confirmed Monday.
Luchey said “we’re considering all options
Wilson Chandler Receives FIBA Clearance4:58pm: The Raptors are "highly unlikely" to sign Chandler this week, tweets Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. If Chandler is a restricted free agent again this summer, Toronto could get involved, but would probably need his asking price to come down (Twitter link).12:06pm: Wilson Chandler has received a FIBA letter of clearance and is now officially eligible for restricted NBA free agency, according to agent Chris Luchey (Twitter link via Sportando).Restricted free agents aren't eligible to sign offer sheets as of March 1st, so Chandler will have just two days to try to secure an offer from a team besides the Nuggets. Denver would then have three days to match any offer.If Chandler doesn't sign an offer sheet before Thursday, he could either sign with the Nuggets or sit out the season and become a restricted free agent again in the summer, when more teams could have interest (and money). A rest-of-season contract with the Nuggets would allow Chandler to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Denver has indicated it doesn't plan to negotiate such a deal.The Raptors appear to have interest in Chandler, but only have about $4.3MM in cap space, so the Nuggets wouldn't have much trouble matching any offer Toronto made. Yesterday, we heard Chandler and Luchey were in contact with an Italian team about the possibility of a rest-of-season deal.
Solid win tonight. Games like this show me exactly why this team should've never re-upped Nene's contract. Faried isn't nearly as skilled as Nene but he's tougher, plays with more heart/toughness and has a higher upside. Hopefully we can get Chandler in here soon.
He wasn't exactly playing against a physical front line. Aldrige/Nene have a lot in common. Faried plays tougher and has a higher motor than everyone in a Nuggets uniform.