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Report: Nuggets shopping Wilson Chandler hard

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DENVER, CO - December 28: Wilson Chandler #21 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against the Toronto Raptors on December 28, 2014 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Nuggets had to trade Timofey Mozgov to the Cavaliers.

Even if Denver believed, just 3.5 games back from the No. 8 seed, it could make a playoff push, the Cavaliers’ offer of two first-round picks was too good to pass up.

Of course, the Nuggets didn’t necessarily believe the postseason was realistic. Dealing Mozgov could have been the first step in a deliberate tear-down of a team looking to rebuild.

So, it makes sense other teams are inquiring about Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler. If Denver is aiming for the future, those players would be on the block.

Want a clue of the Nuggets’ intention? The calls aren’t coming in only one direction.

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Chandler makes $6,757,913 this season, and just $2 million of his $7,171,662 salary the following year is guaranteed.

He’s a solid all-around wing who’s averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this season. His ability to shoot from outside and defend multiple positions should interest plenty of teams trying to win now.

The Nuggets will surely seek a first rounder for him. Last year, they probably couldn’t have gotten one. This year, the high number of contenders has created an arms race that could benefit Denver.

Having Chandler under contract for an additional season beyond this one gives the Nuggets plenty of leverage. They’ll definitely use it while shopping him.