The Nuggets are 20-33, good for 11th in the West. Denver knows it’s not going to make the playoffs, and at this point is ready to make moves, if the right trade partner materializes. Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo, and JaVale McGee are definitely available. And reportedly, even Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried can be had, if the Nuggs find an offer they like. Would you want your team to pay up for Lawson or Faried?
From Grantland‘s Zach Lowe:
The Nuggets are at the epicenter. They’ve been seeking multiple first-round picks for both Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo, talking with obvious contender types like the Blazers and ambulance-chasing with banged-up playoff teams like the Wizards. Snagging two firsts for Timofey Mozgov emboldened the Denver front office to chase big returns, and the rest of the league is waiting for Denver to step back as the deadline approaches. Anyone could have JaVale McGee for a fruit basket.
The more interesting questions surround Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Denver isn’t shopping those guys, but Jusuf Nurkic is the only true untouchable on the roster, per several league sources who have dealt with the Nuggets. The sense around the league is that you could land Lawson or Faried with a Godfather offer. They are gettable. Boston and Denver have had exploratory talks about Lawson, per several sources.