The Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards appear to be on the verge of a trade that would send Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith to Denver. In return, Will Barton and Monte Morris are to move to the US capital.
report that The Athletic and ESPN consistent. Accordingly, the deal is in the final stages and should be confirmed by the league on Wednesday.
Barton started in all of his 71 appearances for the Nuggets last season, the guard averaged 14.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. His contract expires after the coming season ($14.4 million). Morris, on the other hand, is still under contract for $9 million until 2024, and he also started most of his appearances for the Nuggets last season (12.6 points and 4.4 assists).
The upcoming comebacks of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. after long injury breaks and the strong performances of rookie Bones Hyland have apparently made the Nuggets duo redundant. Washington is happy about the needed reinforcement for the backcourt, meanwhile Denver secures an upgrade for the defense.
Caldwell-Pope has a reputation as a strong 3-and-D winger, the 2020 champion putting up 13.2 points at a 39.0 percent rate of three-pointers with 5.3 three-pointers per game last season. The Nuggets want his expiring contract (14m in 2022/23) loud Denver Post extend.
Backup guard Smith could set a new NBA record with his new team. If his contract is guaranteed for the coming season ($4.7 million), which various media say is likely, the 33-year-old would play for the 13th NBA team of his career next season – an NBA player has never played before for more teams. As a backup guard, he had 6.3 points and 3.8 assists in 65 appearances for the Hornets and Wizards last season.