Trade season is upon us and there are rumors a plenty, regarding just about every team right now. The newest one regarding the Denver Nuggets comes from Mike McGraw over at the Daily Herald in Chicago, where he says there may be a small chance the Bulls and Nuggets could make a trade involving center Timofey Mozgov and guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton. On the chances of a potential deal happening between the two teams, McGraw said “The best scenario might be the popular rumor of trading Richard Hamilton to Denver for 7-foot-1 Russian Timofey Mozgov. But it’s tough to tell whether this has a chance of actually happening.”
Now a straight up trade involving these two players, doesn’t work financially for either team but, if Denver could include the contract of Jordan Hamilton or Anthony Randolph in the deal then something could be constructed. With All-Star center Joakim Noah suffering from plantar fasciitis, the Bulls are in need of some help in the front court. Mozgov could add some much needed depth to what is already a thin group of big’s for Chicago and play the meaningful minutes, he desires. The addition of Mozgov would add more size to the Bulls team and allow Taj Gibson to catch a breather(Gibson’s averaged 45.7 minutes per game for Chicago over the last three games). As for Denver, getting Hamilton would be nice but, I think the Nuggets could probably get more value for Mozgov. “Rip” has had a nice year in Chicago this season, averaging 11.1 points per game and shooting 36% from beyond the arc. He’s a great catch and shoot player, who can come off screens and consistently knock down jump shots, something the Nuggets definitely could use. Hamilton also would be bring some championship experience to a young team, he of course won a NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons alongside Denver native Chauncey Billups. The downside to adding Hamilton for Denver is his durability issues(Hamilton has missed 130+ games throughout his career), his lack of defensive prowess and the fact that the Nuggets really don’t need another wing player.
I think one potential interesting idea for Denver is if they did include Jordan Hamilton in this trade scenario, could they convince Chicago to throw in forward Jimmy Butler into the deal?. Butler has show a ton of improvement while playing significant minutes this season for the Bulls, over the last ten games he’s averaging 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, while shooting 48% from the field. Butler would be a nice addition for Denver, he could continue to flourish here and give Denver some flexibility. Allowing the Nuggets to have the security to potentially move Wilson Chandler and giving them some leverage in their impending contract negotiations with Corey Brewer. Hamilton would be a decent replacement for Butler, however I don’t think it’s likely that Chicago will part ways with the second year forward from Marquette. I don’t think the Bulls and Nuggets will be likely trade partners this season but, only time will tell if either team makes a move by the February 21st trade deadline.