3 TEAM TRADE
Washington Wizards receive: F Nene, C Brian Cook, 2nd round pick
Denver Nuggets receive: C Javale McGee, C Ronny Turiaf
Los Angeles Clippers receive: G Nick Young
Nenê goes from a team sitting pretty with the 8th seed in the Western Conference to the 2nd worst team in the entire NBA.
What an unfortunate turn of events.
While Nenê may not like the trade, Washington Wizard fans must absolutely love it. Not only does the team get rid of two players who did nothing but hold the team back in McGee and Young, but they acquire a big man who is a proven scorer in the paint and has a high basketball IQ (unlike a former Wizard center who is on his way out of town). When he gets back to full strength, Nenê should be a nice fit alongside point guard John Wall.
His contract is a little pricey ($52 million over the next 4 years), but Washington knew that going into this trade. It’s the price they had to pay to whipe their hands clean of McGee and Young.
An extra draft pick is always a bonus for a team that’s in a rebuilding mode like the Wizards.
GRADE FOR WIZARDS: A
The Denver Nuggets must have had no faith in Nenê and his long-term health. Why on earth would they trade him for JaVale “which way did he go?” McGee if that wasn’t the case?
McGee has potential. He’s got a long, lean body and is very athletic for his size. 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks a game is nothing to snuff your nose at.
It’s just a shame that the man has no knowledge of the game of basketball.
The guy is making a name for himself around the league for all the wrong reasons.
Talk about downgrading your center position. Going from Nenê to McGee is the ultimate definition of downgrade.
Unless coach George Karl can miraculously get Javale to see the light and have him play the position the way it’s supposed to be played, this deal will go down in Nuggets history as one of the most unnecessary, horrible deals of all-time.
GRADE FOR NUGGETS: D +
The Los Angeles Clippers get themselves a starting shooting guard and they didn’t even have to give up a valuable asset in the process.
Nick Young is a tremendous upgrade over Randy Foye.
Unlike his days in Washington, Young won’t be counted on to handle much of the offensive load. He will step in and be a spot shooter who can nail the open jumper and drive the ball to the rim.
The big knack against his game has always been his selfish tendencies. He is averaging a pathetic 1 assist per game over his 5 year career. He is going to have to drastically change his style of play to conform to the team-like atmosphere of the Chris Paul led Clippers.
He is now the 5th/6th scoring option for a team with championship aspirations. The Clippers are all the better for it.
GRADE FOR CLIPPERS: B +