Evans Clinchy
Friday March 16th, 2012

Wilson Chandler is back from China, and he's looking to return to his old role with the NBA's Denver Nuggets. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that a long-term contract is imminent, and it could even happen today.

"It's very, very close," a source told Stein.

Chandler, the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick in 2007, was moved to Denver in the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade last winter. When the lockout hit in July, he went to China to play a season overseas.

Upon his return, Chandler failed to receive an offer sheet from another NBA team before March 1, so he must re-sign with the Nuggets or sit out the rest of the season until free agency restarts on July 1. The Nuggets have discussed a number of scenarios for Chandler to return right away, including a five-year deal worth over $30 million with a team option in the fifth year. Chandler, who turns 25 in May, has career averages of 13.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

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