Woj: Nuggets have traded Arron Afflalo to Blazers for Will Barton, first … – Denver Stiffs
The Nuggets are the first team to get the deadline started.
The Denver Nuggets have traded Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee to the Portland Trail Blazers for a future first round pick (lottery protected in 2016), a second-round pick, Will Barton, Victor Claver, and Thomas Robinson, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Nuggets have had a certain level of interest in Barton and now have acquired the guard/forward, along with the young Thomas Robinson.
How the trade breaks down:
2016 first round pick (lottery protected, lottery protected in 2017, or two future seconds if not conveyed to Denver as a first)
Second Round pick (no sooner than 2018, according to Basketball Insiders salary breakdown)
Will Barton: 24 year old guard forward who has a $1.1 million qualifying offer after the season. The Nuggets had interest in Barton under their old regime, brought him in for a workout before the 2012 draft and the current front office likes Barton’s game, as well. Have heard he’s a great teammate and good locker room guy that can also play.
Here is my interview with him before he entered the league in 2012:
Will Barton: One of our readers mentioned that Barton might be too much like Corey Brewer. They are both tall and slender players. After the workout, Barton showed off his athleticism by doing a couple different dunks – one an alley-oop pass from behind the hoop and another where he was bouncing the ball off the floor to himself. The kid has a ton of athleticism and plays the game with a hard-nosed and scrappy style that he thinks lends himself to being a good fit for the Nuggets.
Barton believes he’ll be drafted between the 17-25 range – which would fit right into the Nuggets at No. 20. He has done nine to 11 workouts and has three more left for different teams. This kid seems like he has already been put through the pre-draft workout ringer. I wouldn’t blame him for being tired, but he was alert and gracious to those firing questions at him.
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