Trade Deadline Digest

This post will be updated throughout the day with any significant developments surrounding the Nuggets at the trade deadline.

For those wondering if the Nuggets will shake things up, it does not appear that Josh Kroenke and Masai Ujiri have any moves planned — even minor ones. However, this has been one of the wildest trade seasons in recent memory and the amount of chatter going on suggests we could see a lot of activity just before the deadline.

The Nuggets are still trying to sign Wilson Chandler amid all this, and that decision may be the key in terms of what, if any, moves might happen at the trade deadline. Chandler and his agent have set an arbitrary deadline of Friday for the Nuggets to sign him long term, after which they are threatening to sign in Italy for the rest of the season.

If the Nuggets sign Chandler or are confident they eventually will, it might be prudent to use this opportunity to shed some salary or swap assets to ensure Chandler plays a significant role and earns whatever contract he receives.

Conversely, if the Nuggets plan to wait out Chandler till July, when he’ll again be a restricted free agent, then it seems unlikely they would be inclined to make even a minor move. They’ll have plenty of opportunity to create flexibility after the season is over.

Chandler’s deadline is artificial, meaning there is no actual rule preventing the Nuggets from signing him after Friday. The threat coming from Chandler is that he will remove himself from negotiations and go to Italy for the rest of the season. That would preclude the Nuggets from signing and trading him next season, but also make it more difficult for teams to acquire him. His options are already limited as a restricted FA and such a move would limit them further, especially with the Nuggets maintaining the right match any offer.

Here’s the latest tidbit on Chandler from ESPN’s Chris Broussard:

 The Nuggets continue to negotiate with Wilson Chandler and if the sides don’t reach an agreement within the next week or so, Chandler’s agent Chris Luchey says his client will finish the season in Italy. Chandler is looking for a deal starting around $7 million a year, but the Nuggets feel like paying him $7 million, which would not be prorated, for this season is way too high. They would rather start him at $5 million.

I have no idea what will happen, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. The Nuggets have more assets than just about anybody at the trade deadline. They are in position to be buyers, sellers, or both. Every contract on the books is reasonable and they are one of the few teams holding a large trade exception, ($7 million from the Raymond Felton deal). Masai has surprised us before and there’s no reason to believe he wouldn’t do it again.

Remember, this post will be updated with any developments should they occur. As of now, the Nuggets haven’t been linked to any potential trades.

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Charlie Yao

Managing Editor at Roundball Mining Company and writer since 2010. Unhealthily obsessed with Nuggets basketball since 2002. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at the links on the left.
  • al68

    Mejor no fichar ahora a Chandler, queda poca temporada seguramente no jugaría bien al estar fuera de forma y su valor para intentar cambiarlo en el verano bajaría.Mas sabiendo que no esta interesado en seguir en Denver.

    Una buen cambio sería darselo a Toronto por su 1ª ronda de draft.

  • Aaron

    The Celtics are clamoring for big guys. Why don’t we try to send them Bird or Koufos. . and maybe we can get a backup point guard, or at least. . .just less big guys to keep happy? Our rotations have too many guys now. We need to stick with Mozzy, Nene, Manimal, Al downlow. If Mozzy is in foul trouble, then we need K2 or Bird, but not both.

  • Murguz

    David Aldridge: Nuggets and Wizards in serious talks On trade that would send Nene in DC for Javale McGee and Nick Young

    I think If this trade goes down, we can later let McGee (heard he wants 14m a year) go and will have enormous cap space.

    • jim


  • Kyle Obergfell

    As part of three-team deal, Nene goes to the Wizards, JaVale McGee to Denver and Nick Young to Clippers, sources tell Y! Sports.

    This literally just popped up!!

  • Stevew

    Nugs get turiaf also. Nugs must not like nene health

    • jim

      three words: manimal.

  • Sam C

    is McGee any good?

  • jim

    holy shit its getting wacky.

    nate mcmillan just got canned.

  • Murguz

    McGee is the dumbest player, but he is in his final year, we can use him as an asset or just let him go. But by this trade we got rid of Nene’s contract. I very much like him as a player, but his contract was going to be a huge problem for us in the long-term perspective

  • ronsprings

    McGee is wack case, but I was impressed with his play when the Nuggets played the Wiz in January. I’m visiting the DC area today and they sports radio guys are glad to be rid of him. Hmmmmm.

  • Stevew

    Most athletic front court in nba but mcgee is a dumbshit lol

  • Dubz

    This was obviously a salary dump even though McGee has potential. Karl could definitely improve his skills with a short leash. However, if the Nuggets didn’t get any picks from Wash I’m not sure how much I love this deal. You’d think Nene’s market value would be higher than that. Nuggets fans, if you though GK was playing small ball before this trade, you have no idea what’s about to come now. He’s going to go smaaaaall

  • Ricardo

    This trade was a salary-dump for the nuggets. Now they could sign Chandler to a long-term contract and give GK the opportunity to give Faried more playing time.