Nets news: Kenny Atkinson says Wilson Chandler will be 'thrown to the wolves' once his suspension ends
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Nets coach Kenny Atkinson says Wilson Chandler will be ‘thrown to the wolves’ once his suspension ends

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is ready to throw Wilson Chandler into the fire right away when the veteran small forward’s PED suspension ends this weekend.

Chandler signed with the Nets in free agency after playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers last season.

Via Kristian Winfield of The New York Daily News:

Chandler has not played an NBA game yet this season. He’s been serving a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA’s Anti-Drug Program. That suspension, though, ends this weekend, and he will be available for the Nets’ Sunday game against the 76ers at Barclays Center.

“He’ll be thrown to the wolves, so to speak,” head coach Kenny Atkinson said on Tuesday.

In other words, expect Chandler to suit up for the Nets and make his debut.

In 2018-19 with the Sixers and Clippers, Chandler averaged 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The 32-year-old Michigan native has career averages of 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 641 NBA games with the New York KnicksDenver Nuggets, Sixers and Clippers.

The Nets are 13-10 on the season. They have the seventh-best record in the Eastern Conference.