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Would the Denver Nuggets be open to trading forward Kenneth Faried and guard Emmanuel Mudiay, either together or seperately?
One NBA reporter suggested the answer is yes — and that the asking price “isn’t that significant,” according to longtime and respected writer Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
That’s not all. Per Kyler, underrated Nuggets swingman Will Barton is the type of a player every team covets.
Barton is headed toward unrestricted free agency and is expected to command a hefty number that might not make sense for the Nuggets without dumping some of the names mentioned.
Of the bunch, Barton likely returns the most value, which is something the Nuggets may have to entertain.
As for Faried and Mudiay, well, it’s understandable why the Nuggets may be willing to swing low.
After a fast start to his career, Faried has tailed off in recent seasons, averaging career-lows of 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds (in a career-low 14.9 minutes) this season. The 28-year-old scrapper has spent his entire seven-year career with the Nuggets.
Meanwhile, Mudiay is now in his third season and has been up-and-down since arriving in Denver as a lottery pick in 2015. Mudiay is averaging a career-low 18.6 minutes per game, scoring a career-worst 8.8 points.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.