Denver Nuggets swingman Wilson Chandler will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his hip next week, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Chandler, 28, suffered the injury in the preseason, but he’d hoped he wouldn’t require surgery and would only miss a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, he needs to go under the knife to repair a labral tear.
This injury comes after Chandler signed a four-year, $46.5 million extension in the summer. He was expected to play a key role as a veteran on a rebuilding Nuggets squad, but now any leadership will have to be provided from the bench.
Chandler has had a history of injury problems, and this will be the second time he’s undergone hip surgery in his career. He did play in 78 games last year (75 starts), averaging 13.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 31.7 minutes per game.
Denver has started the season 3-4 without Chandler. With the veteran out out, Gary Harris has stepped into the starting lineup and shown some improvement after his awful rookie season. Harris is shooting 47.9 percent overall and 46.7 percent from three.