NBA

Eight players who could be traded before the NBA draft

Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

The Nuggets have been trying in vain to lure a superstar for the past year, attempting to deal for Paul George at the deadline and going after Dwyane Wade in the summer. If any potential trade comes to fruition — be it for George, Carmelo Anthony, or someone else entirely, you can almost guarantee Chandler and/or Faried will be involved.

Why? Both make roughly $12 million a year under contracts signed with the old cap — meaning most teams can take it on under the new cap.

Chandler is 29 and has a player option after next season — Denver may take a pass on giving him a raise if it wants to get younger. He could, however, contribute on a contender. When healthy, Chandler is a decent scorer and better rebounder than most small forwards. He can defend credibly and shoot threes well enough to come off the bench on a playoff team, including as a stretch 4, where he played 20 percent of his minutes this season.

As for Faried, he’s another ideal bench option on a playoff team who doesn’t quite fit Denver’s future. The Nuggets have a dearth of big men, and in trading for Mason Plumlee, more or less committed to giving him starters’ money — $10 million or so — in restricted free agency this summer.

Nikola Jokic has locked down the center spot for the foreseeable future, and 21-year old Juan Hernangomez will see more minutes at power forward in the future.

Giving Faried $12 million to come off the bench, score and play no defense is unappealing in that situation. But, like Chandler, he could help a playoff team. His defense is a liability, but it’s not bad enough that Faried would be pick-and-rolled off the floor in the postseason. He can still score and rebound well — Faried had a 20.3 PER this season — and most playoff teams (*cough* the Celtics *cough*) could use someone like that off the bench.

Chandler and Faried don’t necessarily mesh with Denver’s future, but there’s a place for them in the league. If the Nuggets try to make a splash with a trade, they’re likely the first to go. If the Nuggets need to clear cap space for a free agent signing, it makes sense to move their contracts for the same reasons.

About the author

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears

Ethan Sears is the publisher of sports web site EthanSears.com and will graduate in 2017 from Rye High School in Westchester County, New York. He has loved sports from an early age and intends to have a long career in journalism.

Ethan interned at the New York Post in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He also writes for Giants Wire, USA Today's New York Giants blog. In addition to writing and editing his own website, Ethan is the sports editor for his school paper, Garnet and Black. You can follow him on Twitter @ethan_sears.