The Denver Nuggets pulled the trigger on a deal Tuesday ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline. They were part of a four-team trade that saw 12 players moved. The arrangement included Denver, the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Atlanta Hawks.
The Nuggets (35-16) are third in the Western Conference and made some moves to improve their depth at point guard. They also gained some insurance in the frontcourt though. Let’s take a look at how this trade should affect fantasy basketball.
Fantasy basketball analysis: How the trade affects Denver
Denver shipped off shooting guard Malik Beasley and power forward Juancho Hernangomez, as well as Jarred Vanderbilt. Beasley and Hernangomez were both solid rotational pieces but were on expiring contracts and might not’ve been retained after this season. Vanderbilt wasn’t quite as valuable, as he’s played sparingly and only averaged 4.6 minutes per game in nine appearances this year. The Nuggets brought in Shabazz Napier, Keita Bates-Diop and Noah Vonleh from Minnesota, as well as Gerald Green from the Rockets.
Napier is a threat to take some minutes from Monte Morris as a backup point guard. He played well as a starter for the Timberwolves after Jeff Teague was demoted to the bench and is averaging 9.6 points and 5.2 assists pet game. The only other player in this deal who seems like a lock to become part of the rotation is Green. He has missed all of this season with a broken foot but has been one of the Rockets’ most consistent bench scorers in recent years. But he should be back at some point this year and play shooting guard or small forward effectively. It might not be over for Denver though, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that it could be actively exploring the trade market until Thursday.