Nets’ Wilson Chandler opting out of NBA restart in Orlando
Chandler gave Andrews a statement about his decision:
“As difficult as it will be to not be with my teammates, the health and well-being of my family has to come first,” Wilson said. “Thank you to the Nets organization for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando.”
Chandler has also been very outspoken about the social injustices plaguing the United States, and the veteran came to Kyrie Irving’s defense when the point guard came under fire for expressing his concerns about the NBA returning in this climate.
Chandler only appeared in 35 games this season before the NBA’s hiatus. He was suspended 25 games to start the season after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone stimulant. In his 35 appearances, the 33-year-old averaged 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 21.0 minutes per game while shooting 40.4% from the field and 30.6% from 3-point range.
The Nets will be able to sign somebody to take Chandler’s spot for the resumption of play. While he hasn’t been all that effective on the court, Brooklyn will still need to replace a rotation player and veteran presence. Irving and Kevin Durant are already confirmed out as they rehab their respective injuries, though KD claims he wouldn’t play even if he was healthy. The Nets did recently sign Tyler Johnson to bolster the roster.
Chandler joins a list of other NBA players opting to not take part in the NBA’s return. Davis Bertans, Avery Bradley, Trevor Ariza and Willie Cauley-Stein also won’t be playing. DeMarcus Cousins isn’t on a roster and is reportedly leaning toward not signing with anybody in order to focus on his rehab.