Recapping the Denver Nuggets trade deadline dealings … – Denver Stiffs
The Nuggets were active on the final day for trading in the 2014-15 NBA season. But were they active enough to satisfy Nuggets Nation?
Alonzo Gee, we hardly knew ye.
After weeks of speculation, Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly tinkered further with a roster going nowhere by dealing starting two-guard Arron Afflalo, journeyman backup guard Alonzo Gee and the tantalizingly-talented-yet-woefully-underperforming center JaVale McGee just before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
In the first of two separate trade deadline day deals, Afflalo and Gee were shipped to the division rival Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a lottery-protected 2016 first round pick and future journeymen Thomas Robinson, Will Barton and Victor Claver. Assuming Robinson, Barton and/or Claver are just a 29-game rental, they have the opportunity to join Jan Vesely, Aaron Brooks, Donnell Harvey and Chris Gatling in the pantheon of forgettable interim Nugget players.
The second trade of the day involved the beloved (by the fans, not his teammates allegedly) but forever frustrating JaVale McGee. McGee, McGee’s $23-plus million salary, McGee’s never-ending rash of injuries, the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s overly protected 2015 first round pick (acquired from Cleveland in the Timofey Mozgov trade a few months ago) were sent to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers for a trade exception and the rights to Turkish guard Cenk Akyol. I have no fucking clue who Akyol is, but based on a limited Google search it appears as though he was drafted 59th in 2005 by the Atlanta Hawks and his rights were traded thrice since then: in 2014 to the Los Angeles Clippers for Antawn Jamison, in 2015 to the Philadelphia 76ers and again today to our Denver Nuggets. Given that he was drafted in 2005 and has never seen an NBA floor, I’m assuming Akyol will never once walk inside the Pepsi Center.
Looking back at both trades, the Nuggets neither overhauled nor took in a haul on “trade day.” In the wake of all this activity, the Nuggets are left with a slightly less talented roster than the one that just lost 13 of 15 games entering the All-Star break. Connelly will … – Click Here To Visit Article Source