Grading Denver Nuggets trade targets from no-brainer to must-avoid

Will the Nuggets make a move before the deadline?

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No-brainer trade target: Day'ron Sharpe

Speaking of backup bigs, Day'ron Sharpe would be a cheap option for Denver. He's signed through the 2024-25 season, a $3.9 million option that the Nets picked up.

The 22-year-old is averaging 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds this season in Brooklyn, shooting 57.5% from the field. He's played in only 37 games this season because he's been out with a hyperextended left knee since Jan. 7, which would be an issue regarding a trade. There's still no timetable for him to return.

If Sharpe were healthy, he'd be a no-brainer move for the Nuggets. He's considered week-to-week and should be able to return to the court sometime this season.

Must-avoid trade target: Royce O'Neale

Royce O'Neale is another player who has been connected to the Nuggets, but the team has competition. Dallas, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Phoenix, and Sacramento have also been linked to the 30-year-old.

O'Neale's price tag could be too high for Denver to meet, especially if Brooklyn wants a first-round pick in return. Not only that, but it doesn't seem like O'Neale is one of the Nuggets' priorities, nor should he be.