Expendable: Zeke Nnaji
Nnaji signed a four-year $32 million extension with the Nuggets in October, but he has barely played. He averages 3.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks in 10.5 minutes per game over 19 contests. The 6’9 forward has been out of the rotation in the last three contests and played just 12 total postseason minutes in their run to the championship last season.
The 22-year-old is in his fourth NBA season, and it is never positive when a young player’s minutes decrease. He averaged 17.0 in 2022, but they fell to 13.7 last season. They have dipped further this year and Nnaji will likely be out of the team’s postseason rotation entirely.
He is subject to the Poison Pill Provision if the Nuggets attempt to trade him before the Feb. 8 deadline. This does not make him untradeable because Nnaji inked a modest extension, but certainly makes the math more difficult in any deal.
The Denver Nuggets are all-in on winning a second championship with Nikola Jokic. They believe their roster has the talent to repeat and become the next dynasty. Zeke Nnaji does not appear to have a massive role, and the franchise should look to move on in hopes of maximizing the talent around the Joker.