Chandler played in the Chinese Basketball Association during the National Basketball Association lockout and was ineligible to return to the NBA until being cleared by his team and the International Basketball Federation.
“It is great to have Wilson back on our roster,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement, which didn’t disclose financial terms of Chandler’s multiyear deal. “It was a very unique situation signing a talented free agent in the middle of the season.”
Chandler, who originally joined the Nuggets as part of the Feb. 2011 trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks, will get $37 million over five years, ESPN reported, without saying where it got the information. Selected 23rd overall by the Knicks in the 2007 NBA draft, Chandler has averaged 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 254 career games.
The Nuggets have a 25-20 record this season and are in second place behind Oklahoma City in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division.
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