Denver Nuggets: Trading For Harrison Barnes
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Nuggets Get: Harrison Barnes and Marresse Speights
Warriors Get: Timofey Mozgov and Randy Foye
The Denver Nuggets have some excellent talent. They have a franchise player in point guard Ty Lawson who is one of the best players at his position and elite on offense. They have a premier perimeter duo with Arron Afflalo who is one of the best 2 way players in the NBA and Danilo Gallinari who is an 16 point per game scorer and an excellent shooter. They have 2 very talented young big men in Kenneth Faried who is one of the best energy players and rebounders in the NBA and is playing for Team USA and JaVale McGee, who is one of the biggest and longest players in the NBA and a very strong rebounder and shot blocker (although his intelligence on the court is a problem). They also have a very solid group of role players with Wilson Chandler, J.J. Hickson, Timofey Mozgov, Randy Foye, Darrell Arthur and Nate Robinson and 3 very talented rookies, Gary Harris, Erick Green and Jusuf Nurkic. Their roster is very talented and they have an excellent mix of young players and veterans, however this roster is probably the 10th best team in the West and their chances of making the playoffs are mediocre. Even if they were to make the playoffs, they would be a sweep candidate for the Thunder or Spurs. Where was I? Oh yeah, there is one trade they should make, trading some of their role players to an elite NBA team that needs depth but cannot afford it for another excellent young piece to be part of their foundation and there is one strong option, trading Randy Foye and Timofey Mozgov to the Warriors for small forward Harrison Barnes.
Losing 2 very productive role players would hurt this team, but since they wont make the playoffs next season, if they have the chance to trade role players for a strong starting small forward that can become one of the best two way players in the NBA is wise. Barnes had a very strong rookie season and made All NBA Rookie 2nd team, averaging 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and shot 43.9 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from 3 as a starter, however he was a reserve in his 2nd season, as they signed Andre Iguodala and although his numbers were incredibly similar, as he averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, he shot just 39.9 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from 3. He is just 22 and will get better and 17-6 with elite defense is his potential. Although he probably wouldn’t start for the Nuggets at 1st, as they have Danilo Gallinari, each player is able to play power forward too, so he could still get 30 minutes per game.
The Warriors have no cap space and a mediocre at best bench and they need role players and they would be very tempted by this package. However, this is my article I say they would be very smart too, because as constructed the Warriors cannot win a title. So for the Nuggets, they would lose 2 excellent role players, but they would add another piece to their core in Harrison Barnes. Marreese Speights is in this trade to make the money match, but he is an effective scoring big man, who could help their rotation. This is a trade that the Warriors should consider this offseason.