Raptors do a little bit of free-agent wooing
The Raptors are doing a little bit of mid-season free agent shopping.
Wilson Chandler, who just completed one season in China, was in town Wednesday being wooed by the Raptors, who covet the versatile forward.
Chandler, it should be noted, also visited this week with his former team, the Denver Nuggets, and there is nothing imminent brewing although it won’t be long until he decides where he’d like to spend at least the rest of this season.
Chandler, who averaged 12.5 points a game for the Nuggets in the 2010-11 season, is a restricted free agent. Denver also covets him but with the Nuggets having already made a substantial commitment to Danilo Gallinari and with a bloated payroll compared to what the Raptors will have to dish out next season, the financial ramifications are unclear.
The Raptors have coveted the 6-8 Chandler since before this season began but once he was committed to spending the entire season with the Zhejiang Lions in China, the interest cooled just a little bit.
But with an offensively-challenged team, adding someone with Chandler’s skills would be a huge boost to Toronto’s fortunes.
Chandler would still need to get a letter of clearance from the Chinese league and FIBA before being able to return to the NBA but that’s seen as merely a formality now.