Was this Nuggets move good or bad? What does this mean for the future? Will we make any other moves before the deadline?
Was this Nuggets move good or bad?
In case you didn’t know, the Denver Nuggets recently traded backup center Jusuf Nurkic and the Memphis Grizzlies 2017 1st round pick to the Portland Trailblazers for Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second round pick. It seems to be pretty good so far.
The Nuggets now have two of the top four passing centers in the league and a major defensive improvement. Picking up Plumlee gives them a ton of help on both ends. They now almost certainly will have a top 5 overall offensive team and will rank in the top 5, if not higher, in assists per game.
Plumlee will also provide us with a defensive anchor. Although he isn’t necessarily an elite defender, he is a major upgrade and is almost undoubtedly the Nuggets’ best big man defender.
All in all this move was a good move for us. The Nuggets now have two solidified bigs and an impactful player. Nothing more we could’ve really asked for given Nurkic’s daily decreasing value.
What does this mean for the future?
This move has made it clear that our team is going all in for playoffs. Many fans were skeptical about us making a move like this, but now that it has happened, our goal is clear: make the playoffs.
This task is going to be difficult to accomplish. Right now the Nuggets are sitting in the eighth spot in the West with a record of 25-30 and just a game ahead of the Portland Trailblazers for the eighth spot. As of now, Plumlee has little to no chemistry with this team, which comes off as a bad sign, but all the players of his past teams seem to think he’s very easy to connect with. Hopefully we can see him gain that chemistry quickly and help the Nuggets make a playoff push.
Will we make any other moves before the deadline?
We may have to.
Wilson Chandler has made his opinion of the role he should have clear and is probably not enthusiastic about the recent trade. But this may not be a bad thing. Chandler has a negative +/- on the year (teams have outscored us while he’s on the court).
Two of the most likely trade destinations would be the Atlanta Hawks or the Oklahoma City Thunder, as both teams have been looking for a premier bench scorer all season long.
The Thunder are probably pushing the hardest for a deal to made because of the recent loss of Enes Kanter. Since the Thunder know they are going to make the playoffs unless something drastic happens, they want another scoring threat.
As of right now, the Plumlee-Nurkic swap seems like it’ll be a good move. Plumlee is a solid player on both ends of the floor and giving up a 1st rounder for him isn’t going to hurt since the Grizzlies will be in the playoffs this year. Overall, this is a good move by the Nugs’ front office and I am excited to see how Plumlee performs for us.