3 Trades to help the Denver Nuggets Become Legitimate Title Contenders

I don’t think any Denver Nuggets fan is really clamoring for the team to make a trade by the league-wide February 21st trade deadline, given the recent play of the team. The Nuggets are rolling as they’ve won six straight, just completed a 12-3 month in January and sit a game out of fourth place in the Western Conference. However the Nuggets are stockpiled with valuable assets and I feel Denver is still one move away from really competing with the top three teams in the west, especially in the playoffs. Below are some trades, that I came up with utilizing ESPN’s NBA trade machine (http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine) and I feel most of them are reasonable moves that could benefit Denver going forward.


Trade #1: Nuggets get – Josh Smith/Hawks get – Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov and Jordan Hamilton.

I think this would be a great trade for Denver and even a move that would benefit the Hawks. Atlanta has been trying to move Josh Smith for the past few seasons, according to multiple reports, due to his impending free agency this summer and Denver would be a nice fit for him. Smith has averaged 16.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.2 blocks per game this season for the Atlanta Hawks. Smith is a good athlete, who could thrive in the Nuggets transition heavy, up-tempo offense(could you imagine a fast break with Lawson, Iguodala, Faried and Smith…Scary!). He would also add another stout defender to Denver’s starting five, as Smith is a very good shot blocker and very versatile defender, he can defend the 3-5 spots. As we all know by now the Nuggets struggle to score in the half-court, looking flustered and confused sometimes when the game slows down. Smith would give Denver a reliable post presence and someone who can consistently score down on the block, as most if not all of the Nuggets current big men are still developing their post games. The Nuggets would improve defensively and their ability to convert in the half-court offense with this trade, while also adding another dynamic, athletic player who can score in transition. Smith would also bring some veteran leadership to what is still a very young team here in Denver, given the amount of playoff experience he has with Atlanta. For the Hawks, this trade would give them three solid young players who could help speed up the eventual re-building process in Atlanta. Chandler would be a decent replacement for Smith and start at the small forward spot for Atlanta, giving them a good young scorer on the wing, who can stretch the floor, defend well and hopefully be a key building block moving forward. Mozgov would give the Hawks a good, developing young center to put next to Al Horford and Hamilton could thrive in Atlanta, where he would actually get minutes, providing a scoring punch off the bench.


Trade #2: Nuggets get – J.J. Redick/Magic get – Wilson Chandler, Jordan Hamilton, 2nd Rd Draft Pick

The Magic have made it known that they are willing to part with guard J.J. Redick and the Nuggets should inquire about the former Duke star, as he would be the perfect sixth man for the mile high crew. Denver has only hit 34% of their three point attempts this season, which is ranked 27th in the NBA currently. Redick would help cure that problem for the Nuggets, as he is a career 40% three point shooter and has hit 109 three pointers this season, which is fifth most in the league. Denver could desperately use a three point marksman and someone who can space the floor like Redick. Chandler would fill the scoring void that Redick would leave behind fairly easy and potentially even start at the 3 for Orlando, while Hamilton would be a nice scorer to add to the young core that the Magic have built under new GM Rob Hennigan. Redick is having a career year averaging bests in points(15.4), assists(4.4), field goal percentage(46%) and rebounds(2.5) this season for Orlando. Redick would get multiple good looks from three in transition with Denver, while being another pick & roll player George Karl could utilize, he’s a good ball handler and very capable passer. As we all know the Nuggets are a terrible free throw shooting team, shooting 68% from the charity strike this season, which is dead last in the NBA. Another good thing about Redick is he’s a 88% career free throw shooter, which could help fix some of Denver’s free throw woes.


Trade #3: Nuggets get – Derrick Williams, Greg Stiemsma/Timberwolves get – Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov

This is a pretty fair trade for both parties involved, neither team really gets better or worse with this move. Derrick Williams has star potential but, he seems to be on the outs in Minnesota and a change of scenery could help kick start his career. I think Williams would develop into a good player under George Karl, as the Nuggets up-tempo, fast paced offense would fit Williams well. Williams is a really good athlete, who runs the floor well and playing alongside the likes of Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Kenneth Faried, Andre Miller and Danilo Gallinari could do wonders for his game. He would add another young, potential filled player to the Nuggets roster as he is only 21 years old and give Denver another perimeter threat(Williams is a underrated shooter, he’s shooting 36% from beyond the arc this season). I really think Williams could become a star and with his new surroundings in Denver, he could very well live up to that potential. Stiemsma would be a quality role player for Denver to add, he’d replace Mozgov just fine giving the Nuggets some toughness up front. Mozgov would reunite with Team Russia teammate Alexey Shved, while playing significant minutes for Minnesota. Chandler on the other hand would give the Timberwolves, a versatile wing scorer who head coach Rick Adelman would probably like and trust a lot more than he has shown to with Williams.


Tags: NBA Basketball Denver Nuggets Josh Smith J.J. Redick Derrick Williams Wilson Chandler Timofey Mozgov Trade Rumors

  • steppxxxxz

    all three are awful. Number three is absurdly bad in fact. Why unload chandler??? Josh Smith is a guy demanding a max deal, which wont happen in denver because denver is smart and josh isnt worth it. Second………reddick is overrated and a lousy defender. Nice shooter….but not if you give up chandler. And finally, denver IS already a contender with the top three teams. WHo says they arent? Why???? OKC is team to beat but with westbrook apparently walking an emotional tightrope…..they should be worried. Spurs are great and a team I personally would fear as much or more than the thunder. And who is third? Not the clips. Jesus, watch them lately. Reality is finally setting in. And CP 3 might or might not ever get back this season….and if he does I worry about his being 100%. These are dumb trade ideas. Flat out dumb and all favor the other team………..unless you think JSmooth is worth a max deal. And anyway, smith isnt going to be moved. PEriod.

    • Evan Wheeler

      Thanks for the feedback Josh, glad someone is reading my stuff whether you disagree with me or think I’m “dumb”, I don’t care…as long as your reading. Appreciate the comment man :)

    • Anonymous

      As much as I wish they were, Denver is not yet a title contender, we will get smashed by OKC or a healthy LAC in the playoffs with the team we have now. It might last 6 games with either team but we wouldn’t advance. You are overrating the Nuggets if you think they can beat KD and Russell Westbrook in the playoffs, the Josh Smith trade isn’t bad, keeping up with OKC’s backcourt is near impossible, so the best way to beat them is to dominate their front court, Josh Smith would do exactly that. And you are really stupid for thinking the Spurs are to be feared more than Thunder, they are great don’t get me wrong, but you have got to be on some shit to think that, sure they are great in the halfcourt, they are very experienced, but experience only comes with age, which is something the Spurs have too much of. Fatigue is their biggest enemy and in a drawn out series, that goes to 6 or 7 games, they can definitely be beaten.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.henderson.5245 Jonathan Henderson

    Me personally I think J.Smith trade needs reworking… Nuggets have a 13 mil trade exception that needs to before it expires on trade deadline..that with Chamdlerand mosgov

    • Evan Wheeler

      Very good point Jonathan, I totally spaced out the fact that we had a $13 million trade exception from the Nene deal right?. I think your trade would make more sense then mine did for J-Smoove. I’ve read on multiple sites that Atlanta wants a young center in return for Smith, Mozgov fits that description and Chandler would replace the scoring void that Smith would leave for Atlanta. Throw in that trade exception and you could be on to something Mr. Henderson, Thanks for the feedback.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.henderson.5245 Jonathan Henderson

    I think the trade for Derrick Williams is good minus that twolves player…just think D.willams and J.Mcgee coming if the bench

    • Evan Wheeler

      Thanks for the comment man, ya I really like Williams game and I think he could really flourish here in Denver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gianluca.banchellini Gianluca Banchellini

    jj redick 4 the ring

    • Evan Wheeler

      We definitely could use him and his shooting ability, would love to see JJ in the powder blue and gold. Thanks for the comment.