The Cavaliers, Pacers and Nuggets have reportedly discussed a three-team deal that would send Paul George to Cleveland, with Kevin Love coming to Denver.
Denver would likely send them a combination of young players and draft picks. The Nuggets acquired Trey Lyles from Utah on draft day, but could lose Danilo Gallinari in free agency. An ESPN reporter Tweeted that Denver would be willing to give up Kenneth Faried in a potential deal, with Wilson Chandler and Emmanuel Mudiay also “available.” Faried would likely be headed to Cleveland in this current scenario.
Reports surfaced over the weekend from multiple media outlets that Denver “drew a line” on trade talks when other teams asked for Jamal Murray on draft night.
Denver was linked to Jimmy Butler and Eric Bledsoe on Thursday during the NBA draft, but none of those reports have been confirmed.
“We had a lot (of conversations about trades). Some were leaked,” Nuggets’ president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “We were very far along with one we thought was done and then at the 11th hour. One of the teams involved had a change of heart. We had countless conversations. One in particular that we thought had frankly was going to take place.”
One prevailing thought is that a team asked for Murray to be included at the last minute and the Nuggets balked. In April Murray averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 boards, 5.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers. He will turn 21 in February.
The Pacers have been engaged in trade talks for Goerge since last week when he informed the team he would not re-sign with Indiana when he becomes a free agent after the upcoming season. George reportedly told Indiana that he plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Acquiring George would be a risky proposition for any team without a long-term commitment.
The Nuggets are expected to pursue free agents Blake Griffin and Paul Millsap this summer according to ESPN. The Gazette's Paul Klee says that Denver's offseason plan should include Griffin.
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