During the middle of the season, it is always an exciting time to be a basketball fan, however it can also be a sad time, you can see your favorite players leave, but you can have better players coming to your team. It’s just an exciting time for everyone. This year was no different, usually the Denver Nuggets aren’t very active in the trade market, however since they are finally finals contenders, they are trying to make a push to make their team the best it can possibly be. With that being said, the Nuggets have made a push to become the best they can before it’s over. So far, they have picked up Aaron Gordon from the Magic for our rookie, RJ Hampton, veteran Gary Harris, and a future First Round Draft Pick. This trade seems
great on paper, however many fans have mixed feelings. In Denver, we love our rookies, we saw a lot of promise out of RJ Hampton
on and believe he will turn into a great player. However on the other hand, the promising 25 year old beast, Aaron Gordon, has had a promising past, including two dunk contest appearances in 2016, 2017, and 2020. In 2018 he had his best season averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists a night. Personally, I am a fan of this trade, Gary Harris will always be known more for his injuries rather than his actual play on the court, and although RJ is a promising star, Aaron Gordon has more value to the Nuggets. This trade was not the only move the Nuggets have made today, as earlier, The Nuggets traded for Javale McGee, a center from the Cleveland Cavaliers. McGee, a former Denver Nugget Back in 2011-2013, is an elite rim protector and has the defense the Nuggets are looking for to succeed. This trade consisted of the Nuggets sending Isaiah Hartenstein, and two future protected second round picks to the Cavs. Denver fans love this trade as Hartenstein wasn't the backup center that the nuggets were looking for. We get some defense in the paint which is something we are lacking to succeed. McGee will be a great backup center to Jokic and not make everyone freak out when Jokic gets off the court. McGee, the 3-time NBA champion, brings a lot of experience to this young team. In his career, McGee has averaged 8 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist per game. Along with his elite shot blocking, this trade will pan out to be a good one.
These trades show us that the Denver Nuggets are all in to win within the next few years. This is surely exciting for the fans and I cannot wait to see Aaron Gordon and Javale McGee in Ball Arena.
Luke Tenney 22’