The Denver Nuggets are involved in a four-team blockbuster trade that is expected to receive league approval on Friday morning, so naturally the NBA community is buzzing about which teams made out well and which ones didn't quite get their money's worth. If you need a refresher on the basics of the trade, the Los Angeles Lakers get Dwight Howard, the Philadelphia 76ers take Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, the Magic receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and protected first-round picks from the other three teams and possibly a few other peripheral parts. Here is how the Nuggets figure into the deal:
- Nuggets get: Andre Iguodala.
- Nuggets give up: Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and a first-round draft pick.
Iggy is a different kind of star. He's a guy who shines on defense and will fill up the stat sheet on offense. He's really the perfect fit for the Nuggets. Had Denver landed somebody that commanded the ball and the bulk of the shots on offense, that would stunt the growth of Ty Lawson, Gallo, Faried, Chandler, Hamilton, and JaVale McGee. The young guys will still be leaned on to do the majority of the scoring, and they'll learn a lot from Iguodala. Perhaps we'll see a better defensive team.
The Nuggets had an under-appreciated star in Chauncey Billups just a few seasons ago. And now Ujiri and Kroenke have pulled off a similarly under-rated move.
The story linked above includes a nice scouting report from a lead writer at SB Nation's Sixers blog as well, so be sure to take a look and read over the entire piece as well.
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