Having lost starting small forward Trevor Ariza to the Phoenix Suns in free agency, and yet to re-sign current free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute to a deal, Houston is left pretty thin on the wing.

Daryl Morey and the front office staff will be looking at replacements, and according to one person with knowledge of Houston’s plans, veteran Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler is one name that will be on their list of targets. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the Rockets’ plans.

According to the person, Chandler, who previously played for Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni in New York, was a target for Houston during last year’s trade deadline, although a deal with Denver never materialized.

After Chandler recently exercised his $12.8 million player option for the 2018-19 season, Denver has made him available in trade talks—along with other Nuggets—in an attempt to cut their luxury-tax bill, which could be large next season after re-signing free agents Nikola Jokic and Will Barton to big deals.

The Nuggets continue to make Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur and Kenneth Faried all available via trade to deal with their looming luxury-tax crunch, but one source close to the situation said Denver might have to expand its trading-block list to include Mason Plumlee

— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2018

It’s unclear the specifics of such a trade from the Rockets’ end, but after losing Ariza, they need wing help and they need it badly.


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