May 22, 2024

Trade Speculation: Nuggets, Thunder, Green, Caruso, Bulls

The defending champions might experience a subdued trade deadline, with the Denver Nuggets exploring options for frontcourt depth and bench scoring, but facing limitations due to their proximity to the luxury tax line and hard cap, as reported by Bennett Durando of The Denver Post. Denver’s salary position and restricted ability to trade future first-round picks add complexity to negotiations. While not ruling out a trade, the Nuggets are deemed less likely to make a move this season compared to the previous year.

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In other trade-related news around the NBA:

  1. The Oklahoma City Thunder are not anticipated to make a significant trade splash, but Shams Charania of The Athletic suggests they may explore a smaller move for a veteran big man to address their need for size.
  2. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, there are trade rumors surrounding Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green, with playoff teams expressing interest. Additionally, several teams have reportedly shown interest in Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso, and Lowe speculates that Caruso could be moved for protected first-round picks if the Bulls are open to the idea.
  3. While a Zach LaVine trade is still a possibility, the Chicago Bulls have not actively discussed trading most of their roster, including Caruso, according to Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times. There’s a sense that if LaVine remains with the team, any major move may involve peripheral adjustments, potentially like an Andre Drummond deal, as per Cowley.

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