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Nuggets F Chandler undergoes hip surgery

Associated Press

5/1/2012 3:31:09 PM

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets say forward Wilson Chandler is expected to be ready by the start of training camp next season after undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his left hip.

The arthroscopic procedure was performed Monday by Dr. Marc Philippon.

Chandler arrived in Denver last year as part of the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. He played for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout and rejoined the Nuggets in March, signing a five-year deal worth nearly $37 million.

The 24-year-old averaged 9.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in eight games, including six starts, but spent more time on the sideline than on the court after hurting his hip.