According to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers are discussing a deal that would involve the Nuggets sending out one of their expiring contracts and a future draft pick to the Lakers to create cap space. The Lakers would then likely use that pick to bolster their offer to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

Bontemps doesn’t go into any detail as to which player the Nuggets would be trying to send to L.A. beyond listing the Nuggets three large expiring deals: Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur and Wilson Chandler. The logical choice for the Nuggets would appear to be Faried who is more expensive than Arthur and was not a large part of the Nuggets rotation last season like Chandler. Speculatively, the Lakers might prefer Faried as well who could fill the shoes of Julius Randle. Randle is a free agent himself and if the Lakers are successful in building their super team, it seems unlikely that they will be able to afford to retain Randle’s services.

From the Nuggets side, dumping salary is the name of the game right now, but it’s sort of like doing a slimy business deal that makes you feel queasy when it’s all said and done. Does Denver really want to help another Western Conference team leapfrog them? Do they really want, of all teams, for that team to be the Lakers? Perhaps the front office realizes that there’s no way to stop what LA is trying to do so they might as well try to accomplish there goals as well. In the Masai Ujiri days the Nuggets were more than happy to facilitate helping the Lakers last efforts to create a super team (lolz) when they helped the Orlando Magic work a deal that sent

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