Oct 16, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka (7) blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks forward Kris Humphries (43) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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As the count down to opening night comes has passed, the Denver Nuggets find themselves in a position where they need to consolidate their assets in hopes of reaching the playoffs.
The Denver Nuggets have been actively seeking a veteran presence to combine mentor the young stars of tomorrow like Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic as well as help guide seasoned vets like Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler.
Throughout the offseason, trades sparked with both Atlanta and Timberwolves in perspective deals that may have involved Kenneth Faried. With that said, several teams would be interested in the Manimal’s presence and potentially other veteran’s off of the Nuggets squad.
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These trades include resigned and recently traded players. As such players who have signed/resigned with a team cannot be traded until late November (per terms of the CBA).
Disclaimer: These are not actual trade rumors just distant thoughts about how to help our Nuggets.
Oct 29, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka (7) shoots the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith (5) defends during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Nuggets get PF, Serge Ibaka PG, CJ Watson
Magic get PF, Kenneth Faried SF, Wilson Chandler 2020 Nuggets Protected 1st round pick
The Denver Nuggets receive an athletic, defensive presence who can block shots, make open shots, and help mentor the young foreign bigs. Ibaka’s impact would be felt immediately, as he would potentially be able to bring the Nuggets over the hump and into the post-season. Watson, would fill a role similar to that of DJ Augustine, as Jameer Nelson has proved his fit on this team is nonexistent.
In return for Ibaka (on an expiring contract) and Watson (2 years left on his deal) the Magic would free more time for Aaron Gordon to play SF and have Faried start, or bring Faried off the bench and play Chandler at the 3. The lineup versatility as well as long-term contracts would give new head coach Frank Vogel an opportunity to build and develop the core. A first round pick sweetens the deal and gives further flexibility to the Magic front-office.
Jan 12, 2016; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mario Chalmers (6) dribbles around Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly (2) in the first quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Nuggets get PG, Patrick Beverly
Rockets get PG, Jameer Nelson SG, Will Barton 2020 Nuggets 2nd round pick
Jameer Nelson’s mentor woes have been well documented.
With his inability to stand out as a mentor for this team unlike fellow teammate Mike Miller, the Nuggets would be best served to go after Beverly. He would not only be able to help Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray understand the game better defensively, he could become a key piece off the bench who could make open shots and create a gritty on-court demeanor for this young team.
With James Harden and Eric Gordon set to play the majority of the 1 this season, it appears Beverly’s role has all but diminished. In Nelson, the Rockets would be receiving a more explosive playmaker off the bench. Barton would be able to push the pace in Mike D’Antoni’s system while boosting the energy of the second unit.
Oct 16, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots the ball against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Amway Center. The Hawks won 105-98. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nuggets get PF, Paul Millsap SG, Thabo Sefolosha
Hawks get PF, Kenneth Faried C, Jusuf Nurkic SF Wilson Chandler
In Millsap, the Nuggets would not only be receiving an elite offensive playmaker, but also a defensive specialist who could set the tone for this young team. His no-nonsense approach would set the tone of the locker room and hold guys accountable. In Sefolosha, the Denver Nuggets get a guy finishing up his contract who can be a valuable two-way wing for Coach Mike Malone.
In Faried, Chandler, and Nurkic, the Atlanta Hawks have a plethora of options on who to play at the 4. With Millsap in the last year of his deal, the Hawks could be hesitant to lose him for nothing, just as they did with Al Horford. In receiving loads of athleticism, defense and depth, the Hawks could make a push in the Eastern Conference and turn some heads.
Mar 25, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton (22) attempts a shot against Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) and forward Kris Humphries (43) in the first quarter of their game at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Nuggets get SG, Kris Middleton SG, Malcolm Brogdon
Bucks get SG, Gary Harris SG Will Barton 2018 Protected 1st round pick
In trading away one injured player (Harris) for another (Middleton), the Denver Nuggets would be eventually be able to have an oversized shooting guard who can guard the 2-4. His outside shooting, length on the wing, and stout defensive would pair well with any of the current guards in the Nuggets back court.
While tough to give up Harris, Barton on the other hand has played well in an open capacity, and would immediately fill a backup playmaking role. The two way presence of Barton and Harris would fit Coach Jason Kidd’s defensive switching and would make open-shots.
Oct 31, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts after a play against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Kings 106-95. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Nuggets get PF-C Demarcus Cousins SG Malachi Richardson
Kings get C, Jusuf Nurkic SG, Gary Harris SG, Malik Beasley 2019 Nuggets 1st round pick
In acquiring the best low post big in the game, the Denver Nuggets would instantly have the go-to scorer and bona fide star they’ve been lacking since the departure of Carmelo Anthony. The respect and admiration that Cousins and Coach Malone developed in Sacramento would pickup instantaneously.
In receiving Nurkic, Harris, and Beasley, the Kings would be getting high ceiling, ready to go players from day 1. Nurkic and Willie Cauley-Stein would form an imposing, front court while Beasley and Harris would offer long-term fixtures at the 2.
The unprotected first round pick has the potential to bring in another impact player, giving new Head Coach Dave Joeger plenty of guys that can have success within his system.