Nuggets are Active on the Phone
The Denver Nuggets are always said to be active on the lines during the trade deadline but deals rarely get done. With so much roster flexibility and trade assets up and down the roster, the Nuggets seem to be a team coming up in a lot of trade chatter this week. From previously appending Kenneth Faried to the trading block to flirting with acquiring Eric Bledsoe in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and other assets, the Nuggets have and will be active.
More recently, the Nuggets have made their young guard Malik Beasleyavailable while allocating their time to finding wing depth. Rodney Hood and Tyreke Evans have come up as targets for the Nuggets and they both make sense. With a high scoring offense and their top 3 players being offensively gifted youngsters, the Nuggets would be smart to add defense to their wing rotation.
I’ll arrange these trade proposals from most to least likely to happen.
Nuggets Dance with a Familiar Partner
Nuggets Receive: Rodney Hood.
Jazz Receive: Malik Beasley, 2018 1st via Nuggets.
This is a rumor floating around due to the report that the Nuggets have made Beasley available. The Nuggets would do this to get more scoring out of their small forward position. The pick would likely fall in the early to mid-twenties so it wouldn’t be a deal breaker for the Nuggets (who I’m sure would be more hurt by the loss of Beasley). They would likely start Hood to keep Chandler and Barton off of the bench.
The Jazz have been rumored to be shopping Rodney Hood and why not get a young guard and a 1st round pick out of an underperforming player? Hood is scoring threat but with low efficiency. He’s basically a 3 point shooter with no in-between or inside game. He’s still young but Joe Ingles has been amazing for the Jazz. It’s a win win for both parties.
Nuggets Get Veteran Help for Playoff Push
So, what’s really holding the Nuggets back? It’s veteran depth at the point guard and scoring on the wing. With this trade, the Nuggets get two savvy, above average veterans. Shooting a career high 45.2% from the 3pt line this season, Hill would be a perfect 3rd guard to spell Barton of the ill-viewed back-up point guard duties. The Nuggets would also have insurance in case Jamal Murray hits a tough stretch (no matter how unlikely that seems to be). Randolph would be a great back-up to the injured Paul Millsap. He can score from the post or from midrange.
For the Kings, there is no losing on this trade. They can move Chandler for a late 1st rounder and play Faried with their young core. Now, would you rather pay $32M a year for 2 years or for 3 years? With this trade the Kings eliminate an extra year worth of veteran contracts while only taking up one extra roster spot next year. Darrell Arthur can also serve as a mentor for their young bigs.
Cleveland Gets Desperate for Wing Help
Cavaliers Receive: Wilson Chandler, Darrell Arthur, 1st via Nuggets.
The Nuggets kill 3 birds with one stone here. They add a big who could play with Nikola Jokic and spread the floor, a defensive minded guard and a backup point guard. They lose their starting small forward which would warrant other moves, but Barton could fill that role for the time being. Richard Jefferson would also be reunited with Channing Frye and who wouldn’t be happy about that?
The Cavs would be lacking density in their skulls if they didn’t accept this trade. They’d trade 3 guys who they don’t need and would receive a versatile wing in Wilson Chandler plus a 1st round pick. Enough said.
My favorite, yet less likely to happen..
Celtics Lose their Minds and Trade Brown
Nuggets Receive: Jaylen Brown.
Celtics Receive: Will Barton, Malik Beasley, 1st via Nuggets.
Does anyone know what position Jaylen Brown plays? He’s plays both shooting guard and small forward although he is deadlier at the forward position due to his versatility and size. The Nuggets would get a young wing to bring along with their young core of stars. Wether he starts or comes of the bench for Wilson Chandler, Brown would make an immediate impact on a team looking for fresh legs on the wing. His defense sets him apart from most of the wings in the leagues as his offense is slowly catching up. The Nuggets can afford the offensive lapses easier than most teams in the league.
Most of you are asking, why would the Celtics do that? If you’re chasing a championship, you need a player like Barton. He doesn’t back down from anyone and although he may sometimes get out of control in Denver, that shouldn’t be the case with clear-cut stars like Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the roster. Malik Beasley is a young guard who could someday share the backcourt with Irving as Marcus Smart is obviously not the guy. The first is just the frosting on the cake.
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