Leading up to Thursday’s 1 p.m. (MST) trade deadline, not all is quiet on the Nuggets front. While it’s certainly wise to take Adrian Wojnarowski at his word when he recently said the Nuggets would stand pat at the deadline (I mean, really, when was the last time this guy was wrong about a trade rumor?), it’s equally unwise to support the notion that the Nuggets won’t even consider a minor move, especially given how much Timofey Mozgov’s name has been thrown about lately. Whatever the case may be, rumors will remain rumors and we’d all be lying through our teeth if we said we don’t eat them up with a voracious appetite. So, to satisfy your trade-rumor cravings, here is a short list of what people are talking about right now.
Apparently Benjamin Hochman, Masai Ujiri and the rest of Nuggets Nation took my recent 5-on-5 trade advise to heart (note: this would never happen) because apparently some Gasol for Iguodala rumors have caused quite a commotion. In a tweet on Wednesday, Hochman stated “The Nuggets are NOT trading Iguodala for Gasol, I’ve been told. Put the rumors to rest.”
Speaking of Woj, on Wednesday he also mentioned that the Nuggets had engaged in trade talks with the Bobcats and Blazers in a deal centered around Gerald Henderson, stating: “Charlotte discussed Gerald Henderson for Timofey Mozgov (Denver) and J.J. Hickson (Portland) but talks gained no traction, sources tell Y!”
The New York Post is reporting the Knicks would like to re-acquire Timofey Mozgov, but “the Nuggets asking price was said to be high.” The Knicks are pretty dry on draft picks over the next handful of years; however, I wouldn’t mind seeing Iman Shumpert in a Nuggets uni anytime soon, even if it means Denver has to give up a bit more in the deal. Shumpert is a tenacious defender and was a favorite of Masai Ujiri leading up to the 2011 NBA Draft.
According to Chris Tomasson, earlier this year the Nuggets passed up on a deal that would have sent Danilo Gallinari to the Grizzlies for Rudy Gay. In hindsight this was a good decision for two reasons: first, it saved the Nuggets on average about $8 million per season over the next three years; and second, it gave Gallo time to mature. At the beginning of the year this would have been a tough deal to turn down. In fact, it was probably the wrong choice back then. But after only several months it’s clear Ujiri made the right call. We all know Masai Ujiri is a great GM, but his greatest asset might very well be his patience.
Another deal Ujiri reportedly passed on would have seen Brandon Roy and a first-round draft picks come to Denver from Minnesota in exchange for Timofey Mozgov. The fact the Nuggets declined not only says a lot about how much they value Mozgov, but how much faith they have that the rest of the league values him equally as high. Roy is useless at this point but a first-round pick for Mozgov alone is great value, especially considering the Wolves have all sorts of first-round picks sprawled over the next three years and are almost guaranteed to suck — because, you know, they’re the Wolves, and Kahn is still running the show up there.
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