Mar 12, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee (34) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (22) during the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Denver Nuggets Trade Nene To Wizards For JaVale McGee In 3-Team Deal

The Denver Nuggets made a surprising move on Thursday by trading forward Nene to the Washington Wizards and receiving JaVale McGee.

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Denver Nuggets Waive Forward Ronny Turiaf

The Denver Nuggets pulled off a team-changing three-team deal just before Thursday's NBA trade deadline struck, sending long-time center Nene to the Washington Wizards. In return, the Nuggets received former Wizards center JaVale McGee and forward Ronny Turiaf. Today, we get word that the team has waived Turiaf.

Turiaf is currently out with a hand injury. The Gonzaga product has played just four games this year, averaging 1.5 points and three rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game.

McGee, the 24-year old 7-footer, should see his first bit of action in a Denver uniform on Monday when the Nuggets host the Dallas Mavericks.

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Nene Trade Reaction: Nuggets Are Among NBA Deadline Losers, Says Mike Prada Of SB Nation

The Denver Nuggets got themselves involved in a three-team trade that went down just before the NBA Trade Deadline on Thursday, but it's not clear the Nuggets got themselves a good deal in the process. In the transaction, the Washington Wizards sent JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Nuggets and Nick Young to the Clippers in exchange for Nene and Brian Cook and a second-round pick from LA. By moving the 29-year old Nene, Denver gets out from under a five-year, $67 million contract he signed with the team this past offseason, but the return features enigmatic big man JaVale McGee and Ronny Tufiaf as filler. Both McGee and Turiaf are impending free agents, and the Wizards hadn't planned on re-signing either one of them. What does that say?

SB Nation's Mike Prada, who is an editor at SB Nation D.C. and creator of Wizards blog Bullets Forever, is the perfect man to look evaluate the deal and explain what the Nuggets got for Nene. In his NBA Trade Deadline Grades post, Prada lists the Nuggets under the Losers category, and here is why:

Sure, Nene's production is down, but he's still a pretty good player and the Nuggets still were in a pretty good place in the Western Conference hierarchy despite injuries to Nene and Danilo Gallinari. Why make this move now after locking up so many core pieces from the Carmelo Anthony trade? If opening up more cap flexibility going forward is the goal, why turn around and give Wilson Chandler a long-term deal? Given the Nuggets' surplus of somewhat productive wing players behind Gallinari and Arron Afflalo (Corey Brewer, Rudy Fernandez), is paying Chandler preferable to paying Nene? My nagging feeling is similar to the one I had when the Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green last year. It seems Masai Ujiri may have outsmarted himself.

Of course, there's always the chance that JaVale McGee realizes his incredible potential, but my first instinct is that this is not an especially great place for him. George Karl's system is free-flowing and relies on having good decision-makers on the court to figure things out. McGee would probably fare better in a structured system with a defined role.

Perhaps Denver knows something damning about Nene that the Wizards have yet to find out, but if not they might be wishing they could undo the trade within a year.Then again, maybe Kenneth Faried makes them forget about Nene and Mcgee altogether.

For updates on the Nuggets throughout the season, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of Nuggets basketball, head over to Denver Stiffs. And for more news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Nene Trade: Nuggets Receive Ronny Turiaf From Wizards As Part Of Deal

The Denver Nuggets have traded Nene is a three-team deal involving the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards, receiving in return JaVale McGee. Later word is that the Nuggets have also received Ronny Turiaf from the Wizards, too:

Turiaf has been out since Jan. 1 due to a broken hand, so he isn't more than a throw in to help balance out the contracts. Turiaf's 2012 contract has him making $4.36 million before entering free agency this summer. He is unlikely to receive many minutes, if any at all.

The Nuggets are reportedly victims of buyer's remorse with the five-year, $67 million contract the two sides agreed to in Denver, reports CBS Sports' Ken Berger. Nene has averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds this season while dealing with injuries.

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Nene Trade: Nuggets Send Forward To Wizards In 3-Team Deal, Receive JaVale McGee, According To Report

We told you earlier this morning the Denver Nuggets were expected to be quiet at the deadline. So much for that. Multiple outlets are reporting Denver has traded starting center Nene as part of a three-team deal. The Nuggets will receive young center JaVale McGee from the Washington Wizards in the trade.

Nene has been with the Nuggets his entire career, since the 2002-2003 season. In December, he signed a five-year, $67 million contract with Denver. The center has been battling injuries for most of this season, and is averaging 13.4 points per gaem and 7.4 rebounds per game for George Karl's crew.

McGee is something of a cult hero on the Internet, and not for the right reasons. He is regarded as having the ability to do something incredible, followed by something incredibly stupid, on a possession-by-possession basis. The 24-year old center is averaging 11.9 points per game, 8.8 rebounds per game, and 2.5 blocks per game this season. He boasts an impressive PER of 19.79.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of Nuggets basketball, head over to Denver Stiffs. And for more news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Nuggets Salary Cap May Impede Trade Plans

Tom Ziller of SB Nation NBA suspects the Denver Nuggets may stand pat at the 2012 Trade Deadline. According to Ziller, the Nuggets have crossed the salary cap and probably cannot add any key pieces without first unloading some salary.

That doesn't mean, however, that the Nuggets don't have needs:

The Nuggets have a strong point guard in [Ty Lawson], a two-guard in [Aaron Afflalo] and a small forward in [Danilo Gallinari], plus a big man who can play effectively at either position in Nene. That would seem to put the priority on a second solid big man, perhaps one with a mid-range jumper, as Nene is used primarily at the rim. There are a number of options out there; either Carl Landry or Chris Kaman from the New Orleans Hornets would appear to make sense, though matching salaries on either would be highly difficult. If Denver does look for a power forward or center, a cheaper, younger target like Jason Thompson or even Ersan Ilyasova could make more sense.

But the cost constraints loom large:

The Nuggets sit at $59 million, just above the salary cap, per ShamSports.com. A small or slightly imbalanced trade could help the Nuggets gain an asset by helping another team slip under the luxury tax.

The Denver Nuggets currently stand a 22-17, 8.5 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder with under two months of games remaining. If they want to add a player before the March 15 deadline, they will need to get clever with the cap first.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more in-depth coverage of Nuggets basketball, head over to Denver Stiffs. And for more news and notes from around the league, check out SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Andersen On Trading Block, According To Report

It appears the Nuggets are willing to part ways with veteran forward Chris Andersen.

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