Wilson Chandler, who met with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, could opt to remain a free agent until July and look to sign a long-term contract as a restricted free agent then, reports SI.com's Sam Amick. As a restricted free agent, Chandler is subject to having any offer sheet he signs matched by the Denver Nuggets, who hold his RFA rights. Chandler cannot sign an offer sheet for less than three years with any club, and Amick reports that the Nuggets are not interested in signing Chandler to a one-year deal, which would allow the forward to become unrestricted in July.
Chandler could, however, sign his Nuggets qualifying offer by March 1 and play out the season on a small contract in order to reach unrestricted status in July.
The Nuggets have invested quite a lot of money in the team's core since the lockout ended. Danilo Gallinari, Nene and Arron Afflalo all have signed lucrative long-term deals; Ty Lawson will be eligible for an Early Bird extension in the summer, as well. But Denver's front office and coaching staff is believed to think highly of Chandler, who averaged 12 points per game for the Nuggets last season.
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