While not a huge blow to the Nets’ bench given Chandler’s declining health and production over the past few seasons, the veteran;s role as a locker room presence and glue guy is more important for the young team.
Nets GM Sean Marks is always thinking a step ahead, and signing David Nwaba this summer was great insurance policy for the forward spot. Chandler's absence also means more playing time for second-year player Rodions Kurucs, who turned heads last season.
Chandler played 51 games last year, splitting his time between the Sixers and Clippers and suffering a career-low in points per game with 6.0. Last year was the first time Chandler failed to average double-digit points since 2012 (9.4).
As the second-oldest Net and the player with the most NBA experience on the roster, it's disappointing that Chandler won't be able to fill the veteran void left by Jared Dudley and DeMarre Carroll for nearly a third of the season.