Nov 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (left) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (right) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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Could any of these trades, in your opinion, help the Denver Nuggets have a more successful season?
We are now 13 games into the NBA season, and it has been an exciting start. Even with the season being so young, it’s always gun to think on possible trades to make your team better.
The Nuggets are currently 5-8, and tenth in the Western Conference, so there could be some improvement. As we have seen, Denver has tried to stay away from huge trades in recent memory, and trust their rebuilding process.
That being said, are there any great possible trades that the Nuggets could make to improve right now? Here are some possible options that the Nuggets could take to the trading table.
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NOTE: These are not verified trade rumors, these are simply trades that I feel could help Denver in their season.
Nov 18, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight (11) dribbles the ball as Indiana Pacers guard Jeff Teague (44) defends in the second half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Suns won 116-96. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns are in a rebuilding phase of their franchise, like the Nuggets. An important question to ask ourselves is, can these two teams help each other in a trade?
Something that Denver needs is another back-up guard, somebody who could help young players like Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris coming off of the bench. The player that comes to mind when I think of this is Brandon Knight, a guard who can play both shooting and point guard. So who would we give up to possibly land Knight?
Denver Nuggets get Brandon Knight (PG), P.J. Tucker (SF)
Phoenix Suns get Danilo Gallinari (SF), Jameer Nelson (PG)
This trade would work for both teams in that they fill holes in their respective rosters. The Suns’ weakest position is their small forward position, and they would be receiving a veteran small forward in Gallinari.
This wouldn’t be a problem for the Nuggets because Wilson Chandler could step in Gallo’s place. Jameer Nelson would give the Suns some veteran leadership, something that is very little in Phoenix. If Denver was able to get Knight, then the veteran Nelson wouldn’t have as much of a roster spot anymore either. The Nuggets could get their guard in Brandon Knight, while also receiving a good three-point shooter in P.J. Tucker.
He could come off the bench in the small forward position.
Nov 17, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer (33) during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
Corey Brewer and KJ
The Houston Rockets are looking very good right now, as they found their point guard. To a lot of people’s shock, it’s actually their superstar, James Harden. He’s lead them to an 8-5 start and doesn’t look to stop anytime soon. With the start that they’ve had, what could they possibly want on the Nuggets?
Denver Nuggets get Corey Brewer (SF), K.J. McDaniels (SG)
Houston Rockets get Jammer Nelson (PG), Darrell Arthur (PF)
Just so everyone knows, this is a deal that could not take place until mid-December, as Arthur cannot be traded until then since he signed as a free agent. So why does this trade work for both sides?
The Rockets would receive Nelson who could back up Harden and Eric Gordon, plus splitting point guard time with Patrick Beverley. The Rockets also need more skill at the power forward position, and the acquisition of Darrell Arthur could do that.
The Nuggets would bring back Corey Brewer, who actually was a member of the Nuggets for a number of years. He could fit back in nicely as a SF/PF for Denver. McDaniels would also be nice because I feel that he has plenty of talent and potential, and the Nuggets are trying to gain some potential.
The Rockets need to solidify their defensive presence in the post while Denver could use the freed up space for their front court. The two Houston guards could certainly help if Denver were to have the injury bug strike again.
Nov 16, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo (5) drives to the basket in front of Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Surrounded by the craziest free-agent move in the off-season, the Thunder’s pick-up of Victor Oladipo was over shadowed. It was a good move, and the Thunder have shown that, as they’ve gotten off to a pretty good start. This would be a trade within the division, but it would be something that the Thunder should take a look at.
Denver Nuggets get Victor Oladipo (SG)
Oklahoma City Thunder get Will Barton (SG), Jameer Nelson (PG)
I know what you are starting to think, and no, I don’t have anything against Jameer Nelson. I like him going to the Thunder because besides Westbrook, they are pretty thin at the point guard position. There is Cameron Payne and Semaj Christon, but Nelson could be a great back-up for Westbrook while also giving veteran experience to Payne. Barton could be an interesting fit, because he plays intensely like Westbrook.
I truly believe that they could fit well with each other. The Nuggets would be getting a good guard in Oladipo, who would most likely crack the starting line-up. In this case, I would have Jamal Murray make the switch to point guard, with Gary Harris and Malik Beasley backing up Oladipo.
November 13, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Suns 133-120. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Okay, I know that I may hear some doubters on this one. A fan can dream right?
Draymond Green is a very vocal player, who is not afraid to let somebody know what he thinks. In a way, this translates to the basketball court as well. He plays with so much intensity, and has a smooth jumper as well. I know that some fans could consider him a distraction, but with the right coaching and situation, he could be contained.
Denver Nuggets get Draymond Green (PF)
Golden State Warriors get Kenneth Faried (PF), Juancho Hernangomez (PF)
This trade could seem one-sided at first glance. The reason that it works for the Warriors is that Kenneth Faried is a great hustler and rebounder.
He can play great defense, and that could come in handy for them down the road. He would be a great energy for them off of the bench as well. Hernangomez is a young talent that has the potential that not many people know about. The Warriors’ power forward position is pretty thin as well, as aside from Draymond, there is David West, and that’s it.
Sure, Kevin Durant can play the four, but with these two additions he could focus on his natural position. The Nuggets would benefit from Draymond’s leadership and intensity on the court, and it would get them that superstar that they have been longing for.
Still don’t believe that it’s a good trade? I put this trade into the ESPN Trade Machine, a program in which anyone can simulate any trade and it predicts the outcomes of them. This trade actually came out saying that the Warriors would gain two more wins, while Denver would lose three more. This being said, I think it could work for both sides.
Well, there you have it. Again, these aren’t trade rumors, don’t go telling everyone that these trades are going to happen. There are many different options that Denver could go with, much more than I discussed today.
It will be interesting to see what they do for the rest of the season. If you have any disagreements, we’d love to hear them!