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Brooklyn Nets Forward Wilson Chandler Facing 25-Game Suspension for PEDs

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: Wilson Chandler #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. 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. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Brooklyn Nets will be without their newly-acquired forward Wilson Chandler for 25 games this season after the NBA suspended the veteran for PEDs.

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.