Nets' Chandler opting out of NBA's restart

Ruben Hill
June 30, 2020

Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler has informed the team he will not be taking part in the resumption of the season in Orlando, and it sounds like he is the first player in the National Basketball Association to back out due to coronavirus concerns.

"Thank you to the Nets organisation for understanding and supporting me in this decision, and I will be watching and rooting for our team in Orlando". In addition, the Nets will be allowed to add a player to replace Chandler.

In response to his decision, the Nets signed forward Justin Anderson out of the G League as a replacement.

Chandler, 32, is an 11-year National Basketball Association vet, who was averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists on 40. Teams will begin working out in Florida in early July and the first games are scheduled for July 30.

The 33-year-old veteran is the fifth player so far to say he won't play, joining Avery Bradley, Trevor Ariza, Davis Bertans, and Willie Cauley-Stein. He was suspended for the first 25 games of Brooklyn's season, after testing positive for a banned substance in August.

Chandler had played 35 games this season before the coronavirus shutdown in March, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

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