As to the surprise of no one, teams have reportedly been dialing the Nuggets’ trying to gauge their interest in trading swingman Will Barton. According to a report by Chris Haynes an ESPN reporter, the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets are amongst the teams who have inquired about the Nuggets dynamic scorer off of the bench.
Washington, New Orleans among teams reached out to Denver to gauge availability of Will Barton, league sources tell ESPN. Exploratory now.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 21, 2016
Although nothing is imminent, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that with the surplus of talent at every position, the Nuggets are beginning to receive calls from teams around the league. Today a report on Hoops Rumors by Luke Adams on how the Nuggets’ current front court logjam could lead to a trade. As reported in the article, Jusuf Nurkic could be the odd man out as Nikola Jokic has shown he is more than capable of being the Nuggets’ starting center for the foreseeable future.
Perhaps the most interesting case is in Denver, with Tjarks referring to the Nuggets’ big man logjam as “a less high-profile version of what’s happening with the 76ers.” After starting 25 games for the team to open the 2016/17 season, former first-rounder Jusuf Nurkic has fallen out of Denver’s rotation within the last week.
After playing just five minutes last Thursday and eight minutes on Saturday, Nurkic picked up a DNP-CD on Monday night. Like the Sixers, the Nuggets have shortened their big man rotation, with Nikola Jokic and Kenneth Faried seeing the majority of the minutes up front – and thriving – while Nurkic is the odd man out.
Wether you read between the lines or skip to the last word, the Nuggets are poised to make a trade. Will they make a trade? Odds are they don’t as they still try to figure out their roster but if the right trade comes along, Tim Connelly has shown the capability of getting the most possible out of his trade partners.