Rumors surfaced in mid-June that the Nuggets might be in the hunt for Kevin Love. Several names were floated as possible inclusions in a trade proposal, including Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and (even though he was still with the Magic) Aaron Afflalo.
Although not in the context of a Love trade, Chandler’s name has now been dropped once again as a player the Nuggets may be attempting to deal, and this time rather than the Manimal or AAA, he’s joined on the hypothetical trade block by JaVale McGee. As tweeted by Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com:
The Denver Nuggets have considered trading JaVale McGee and/or Wilson Chandler, according to league sources.
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, especially on the heels of the Afflalo trade. The Nuggets are getting close to flirting with the luxury tax, so shedding at least one contract to offset the addition of Afflalo’s salary and allow themselves a little more flexibility makes sense financially.
Of course, everything depends on the players and salary the Nuggets would be receiving in return, and who they acquire in free agency. To trade Chandler without bringing in another small forward to back up Danilo Gallinari would be to place a great deal of trust (and possibly a prematurely heavy burden) on Quincy Miller.
With J.J. HIckson being able (in a manner of speaking) to slide over to the center position, there is less pressure in this regard on recent first round draft pick Jusuf Nurkic should McGee be traded without the Nuggets getting a viable center back in return. Even so, Hickson at the five is not Denver’s most desirable scenario.
At any rate, it certainly appears that Tim Connelly’s “aggressive” offseason approach includes an open-mindedness to making significant trades, and if that proves to be the case, then Nuggets fans should be in for a very interesting offseason.
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