Wilson Chandler To Play In Italy During Euroleague's First Stage

Wilson Chandler isn't the biggest name to sign in Europe with the NBA lockout in place. He's one of the more established talents to do so, though, considering he's started 199 of his 254 NBA games thus far in his career.

Chandler, the Denver Nuggets versatile forward, has signed a contract to play with Italy's Olimpia Milano as the team attempts to get through the first stage of Euroleague competition.

Sportando, the European basketball site that first broke the deal, reports that Chandler will be paid roughly $500,000 for a contract that will last into the middle of December. The two sides will then re-evaluate the situation depending on the progress of the NBA lockout as well as the progress of Chandler's new European team.

Chandler doesn't have to return to the NBA at the end of the lockout considering he's a restricted free agent -- the Denver Nuggets have an option worth just over $3 million next season if the team wants to bring him back after acquiring him in a mid-season trade with the Knicks -- but the clause included in his contract certainly gives him quite a bit of flexibility.

It'll be interesting to see if more NBA players go the route of Chandler and decide to sign a couple-month contract in Europe rather than a full-season contract with the NBA-out option.

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