Ex. Denver Nuggets champion traded in blockbuster move

Bruce Brown, Denver Nuggets
Bruce Brown, Denver Nuggets / Matthew Stockman/GettyImages

2023 NBA champion Bruce Brown is headed to the Toronto Raptors in a blockbuster trade. The former Denver Nuggets wing's time with the Indiana Pacers was short-lived, after he joined them this summer from Denver.

According to multiple reports, Brown was one of the key pieces in Wednesday's trade, which sent

"The Indiana Pacers have acquired All-Star forward Pascal Siakam in a three-team deal that sends Bruce Brown, Jordan Nwora and three first-round picks to the Toronto Raptors, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday," ESPN's staff wrote in an article.

Brown's contract with Indiana was worth a total of $45 million over the course of two seasons, the second of which was a team option. That was far more money than the Nuggets were able to offer him to stick around after the title run.

During his one-year stint with Denver, Brown served as a key contributor. In 80 regular-season appearances for the Nuggs, he played just under 29 minutes per game. While on the court, he was able to tally an average of 11.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, while shooting 48.3% from the field and 35.8% from beyond the arc.

At this time, it's unclear whether or not the Raptors plan to hold onto Brown, or if they're looking to flip him for more assets. Regardless, the man is still getting paid and that's what matters.

Denver Nuggets deliver championship ring to Bruce Brown

Due to his summer departure, Brown wasn't able to receive his championship ring until earlier this week, when the Pacers headed to Ball Arena.

Prior to tip off, the Nuggets honored the Dorchester native and deliver him his new piece of jewelry at center court.

As he was rewarded his ring, Brown's former teammates mobbed him at half court to celebrate the championship that they'd won together about seven months earlier.