Denver Nuggets swingman Wilson Chandler will miss “a couple of weeks” with a strained right hip, but he won’t need surgery, according to Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post.
Chandler saw a specialist earlier in the week to confirm he wouldn’t need surgery that would’ve kept him out long term. It’s unclear just how long he’ll be out, but he’ll surely take as much time as necessary to get to 100 percent.
Chandler signed a four-year, $46.5 million contract extension with the Nuggets this summer. His name has been rumored to be on the trade block for quite some time, and some believe Denver gave him the extension in order to trade him later. But for the time being, he’ll be a solid piece on the wing when he gets healthy.
Chandler averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31.7 minutes per game last season. Without the 28-year-old, the Nuggets romped the Houston Rockets in their opener on Wednesday behind Danilo Gallinari, Emmanuel Mudiay and Kenneth Faried.