The Denver Nuggets have made yet another salary dump trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and once again they may have acquired a second round pick as part of the deal.
That is right, the Nuggets have shipped Cheikh Samb off to the Clippers along with some cash in exchange for a conditional second round pick. This trade in and of itself does not get the Nuggets under the luxury tax, but it makes it possible to trade a player such as say, Chucky Atkins to do so.
The Nuggets were roughly $900,000 over the luxury tax threshold and now that they have reduced that amount by $711,517. Denver no longer needs to package two players and convince a team to take on significant additional salary. All they need is to send out around $200,000 more than they take back in salary and they can accomplish that by trading any single player other than Sonny Weems. There is no doubt in my mind that they will pull off a trade to do so before the February 19th trade deadline.
What the Nuggets front office is on the verge of accomplishing is not something that will make fans stand up and cheer and no one will be writing blog post 20 years commemorating how the Nuggets dropped $15 million in salary obligations in less than one season it is an impressive accomplishment.