Nuggets reportedly will waive ex-Trail Blazers forward Victor Claver; GM … – OregonLive.com
At least the Denver media won’t have to learn to pronounce his name.
The Denver Nuggets will waive forward Victor Claver, Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports. Claver was one of three Portland players, along with a conditional draft pick, sent to the Nuggets by the Trail Blazers in a deal that brought Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee to Portland.
Another player in the deal, forward Thomas Robinson, accepted a buyout from the Nuggets. The leaves only guard Will Barton potentially joining Denver from the deal.
Claver, who is in his third NBA season, was Blazers coach Terry Stotts’ go-to replacement starter in 2012-13, when as a rookie he started 16 games. However, he fell out of the rotation the last two seasons, appearing in a total of 31 games with the Blazers in 2013-14 and ’14-15.
Claver appeared excited for the fresh start in Denver, posting on Twitter:
In Denver, news of the trade dealt more with the salary cap and future roster implications than in whom the Nuggets were getting. On the Nuggets’ website, a digital reporter covering the deal mispronounced Claver’s name as “Clay-ver.” (The Blazers game notes always included the correct pronunciation: “Cla-VARE.”)
If Spears’ report is correct, Claver would be on waivers for 48 hours during which any team with salary cap space can claim him at his current salary. If he clears waivers, he will be able to sign with any team, other than Portland. Neither he nor Robinson can rejoin the Blazers this season.
The Nuggets played at Milwaukee on Friday, and Barton was not with the team. However, in discussing the trade with reporters, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly mentioned Barton.
“Will’s a guy I’m especially familiar with, he grew up in Baltimore,” said Connelly, who also is from Maryland. “He’s plays with a passion. We’re excited to see what he can do.”
In speaking about the deal Thursday, Blazers GM Neil Olshey spoke about Barton getting an opportunity to play with the Nuggets.
“I think Will Barton is going to have a huge finish in Denver,” Olshey said. “Will Barton keeps getting better and better. … – Click Here To Visit Article Source