Nuggets Trade Away #20, Is It The Right Choice?

Posted by Sean Stancill | Wednesday, June 25, 2008 | 0 comments »

In the most outrageous transaction of the offseason, the Denver Nuggets have traded away the 20th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft to the Charlotte Bobcats for a protected future first round draft pick.

You can thank Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Wankentien for this.

As a Nuggets fan' I am at a loss of words.

Denver had a variety of choices to make even after Ty Lawson's decision to return to the University of North Carolina; here is a list:

Javale McGee- An outstanding young prospect who has star potential and has shown flashes of dominance on both ends of the floor.

Chris Douglas-Roberts- One of the nation's best players, and was instrumental in the Memphis Tigers' impressive run to the National Championship, averaging over 22 PPG and 5 RPG.

Jason Thompson- These number speak for themselves 20.4 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 2.7 BPG. 1.1 SPG,
32.4% 3pt FG Shootin.g

Mario Chalmers- Led the Kansas Jayhawks charge past Memphis in their unforgettable comeback to become National Champions. Chalmers hit the game-tying three pointer that sent the game to overtime. He also is a good defender and a good floor general.

Nicolas Batum- A slender scorer who can score the basketball in a variety of ways, and plays the game similar to Manu Ginobili

Mareese Speights- A low-post banger who used his weight to overpower defenders during his freshman season at Florida. Mareese also dropped weight for the NBA, in attempts to gain more explosiveness and become more agile.

However, there are two sides to look at the deals, so maybe, just maybe this swap is bittersweet.

Because of the trade, this means they can do a variety of things:

1.With the addition of the pick, the Nuggets will now have 2 draft picks in the first round of NBA Draft 2009 and 1 in the second round, giving them a total of three picks to further bolster their roster.

2.This now means Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Darren Collison, Sam Young, Jeremy Pargo, Stephen Curry, or perhaps Ty Lawson again, are now all candidates to be chosen with the Nuggets' new found wealth.

3.The Nuggets can decide to blow the team up that offseason, as Marcus Camby, Linas Kleiza, and Allen Iverson will all be free agents
Chances are Camby won't be returning because of age and decrease in skill, Kleiza will be demanding big money to remain the team's small forward, the position currently held by superstar Carmelo Anthony, and Denver will possibly be looking in a new direction after A.I.'s reign.

4.Shawn Marion, Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal, Mike Conley, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, Josh Howard are either free agents or have the option of opting out of their contracts, so Denver certainly will be in the running for several of these players.

Not to mention a possibility of several first round draft picks in the 2008 Draft becoming free agents.

My guess is Mike Conley, Josh Howard, and Rudy Gay will be the most sought after.

After much thought and thinking about the bigger picture, this trade is actually good for the Denver Nuggets.

And another thing. Just because the Denver Nuggets traded away all of their picks, does not mean they can't aquire drafted players.

They have valuable assets including Marcus Camby, Linas Kleiza, Allen Iverson, and J.R. Smith (if he agrees to sign-trade deal), that can net a player drafted around the mid 15's down to the bottom of the first round.

If they are able to snag a player out of the draft, they will walk away big winners early on in the offseason.

Perhaps, Wankentien isn't an idiot after all, but a developing mastermind. Now, they only need a coach: Avery Johnson anyone?

As I predicted, this only the first step of major changes for the Nuggets organization.