Denver Nuggets have designed the first deal of the holiday season. MVP Nikola Jokic sends JaMychal Green to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a draft pick.
Like Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN Reportedly, Nuggets earned the 30th pick from Thunder in an upcoming draft. Furthermore, OKC will air other second-round picks in the future for Big Man JaMychal Green. In addition to Green, Thunder also got his first Nuggets round in 2027, but that’s protected.
This makes Denver a prime candidate for draft day trading because they now have picks of 21 and 30. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City has long been considered a potential trading partner, having already designated twelve places on the list for next year and also allowing them to count on positions 2 and 12.
In addition, OKC had more than $30 million of cap space before the trade, which allowed them to easily absorb Green. The big man has a player option for 8.2 million players for next season, which according to Lugnarowski, is likely to be withdrawn by the 31-year-old. The Green averaged 6.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16 minutes for the Nuggets last year.
The deal will save Nuggets about $20 million as they likely pay their luxury tax next season. Even with trade, it’s still about 6 million higher, but now it has created a trade exception of 8.2 million and is a little more flexible.
Trade at a glance
|received nuggets||received thunder|
|30. Choose 2022||Jamical Green|
|2 picks for the second round in the future||First selection round 2027 (protected)|
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