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According to ESPN senior writer Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets have acquired veteran point guard Devin Harris from the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team trade that sends Emmanuel Mudiay to the New York Knicks.
Denver, New York and Dallas agreed on a three-way deal, league sources tell ESPN. Mudiay to Knicks; Devin Harris to Denver and Doug McDermott to Dallas.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
This deal gives the Nuggets a veteran point guard in Harris that will be able to run the second unit off the bench. Mudiay had most recently been thrust back into the Nuggets rotation, but the team was obviously looking to go a different direction and acquire a veteran point guard to run the teams second unit.
In three seasons, Mudiay averaged 11.1 points and 4.3 assists for the Nuggets. Mudiay was currently averaging 8.5 points and 2.9 assists so far this season. The Nuggets selected Mudiay with the seventh pick in the 2015 draft and were hoping he would be the teams point guard for many years to come. After drafting Jamal Murray last year, the scenario became less and less likely and Mudiay will now get a fresh start in New York with the Knicks.
Harris is a 16 year NBA veteran whose bounced around the league with stops in Dallas, New Jersey, Atlanta, and Utah. What the Nuggets get in Harris is consistency with the second unit and the ability to play turnover free basketball. An issue the second unit had with Mudiay was an abundance of turnovers and that’s highly unlikely with Harris at the helm. Harris has appeared in 44 games for the Mavericks this season and is averaging 8.5 points and just under two assists per game.
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