I do not understand the fascination over Wilson Chandler. He's an okay player, not great, his defense is average and his offense is decent. We need to be looking at game changers, not average guys like Wilson Chandler.
Players generally reach free agency after time spent in the league. Bargains in free agency are few and far between. Now steals in trades, that is another matter.
In trading for a game changer, what is it teams look for? Generally:
- financial relief
- one solid starter or rotational player
- a couple of prospects to balance the money
- draft picks.
Chandler on an $7-8M contract would certainly provide the solid rotational player or contract.
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Wilson Chandler likely to have longer stay in China. Playoffs start Feb. 22 or so. If team reaches China finals, could go until late March.
His team is only ranked 4th so maybe they get knocked out early?
Well who wouldn't? More money upfront is worth more money in the future. This is economics 101, people.Some people would prefer to have more money coming up front. Personally, I'd rather have the money sooner than later.
i am not allowed to open youtube in china but i found a bunch of chandler highlights from his season there. they are highlights so take them with a grain of salt but if you just type chandler cba you get a shitload. he had a great year and is rocking an awesome playoff beard right now.
the last score
they lost in double ot
Last edited by Miekenstien; Fri Feb 3rd, 2012 at 01:50 AM.
one of options the raps explored was to send Calderon to Lakers for their TPE, I think we should ask for their Rookie 6'5 PG Darius Morris back as well in return, he led his conference in assist while he played for Michigan, he could gain some good experience playing for Raps and perhaps turn into a solid starter for us (also dispelled the notion that Jerryd Bayless is a PG)
For the Raptors, DeRozan and Bayless have clearly not shown, so far, that they are part of our future. Our C has yet to play an NBA game. Basically all we have right now is Bargnani and bunch of barely-rotation-worthy players. I don't think we should be investing $30M into guys like Chandler when we have not even figured out who is going to be in our starting lineup. For all we know next year we'll have Harrison Barnes or that Gilchrist kid, who we will desperately want to give minutes, but we just gave Chandler $8M per for the next 4 years. That is certainly not money a rebuilding team should be paying to a guy who will play less than 20 minutes per game for most of his contract.
Alternatives I would look at guys who not necessarily are as good as Chandler, but provide similar things and can be had at a substantially lower price. I think we already have one in James Johnson. Chandler is an above average defender due to his length and athleticism, great offensively around the basket, but fairly poor away from it. A guy who I would have targeted last off-season is Reggie Williams. He plays solid defense, can score from anywhere (though he's not as athletic as Chandler), but he could come in at a fraction of the cost of Chandler.
I understand the strategy of filling out the roster once the starters are set. But if you have an opportunity to obtain a starter, then IMO, you go for it. Otherwise, we're just wasting valuable years "waiting" for our draft projects to develop (if they develop at all). $6-8M for a young, proven player is not overpaying for someone with Chandler's skill set.
I tend to agree on what we have in James Johnson (at 2.8M for next year) vs. what Chandler would bring for 3x as much money and a longer-term commitment.
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The Calderon to Charlotte trade was not a rumour. It was a done deal that was reneged on last minute which Charlotte and MJ have a history of doing. The players were informed and Chandler announced it on Twitter. That is not a rumour, that is a pullout.
If Chandler was 29/30 and a below average player, I'd be in agreement. But we are talking about a 24 year old entering the prime years of his career who is a great defender and extremely versatile. If the idea is to hit the ground running next year, Chandler is certainly a piece to help achieve that. Also, it seems evident to me, that the end plan is not ''stick with what we have and add Wilson'. There are many more changes to come.
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