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Nuggets, Wizards complete four-player trade

Apr 16, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) dribbles against Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) in the first quarter during game one of the first round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards finalized a four-player trade on Wednesday.

The Nuggets are sending guard Monte Morris and swingman Will Barton to the Wizards in exchange for guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith.

With the move, Smith will be playing for his 13th team — an NBA record.

“We’re very excited to add Monte and Will as proven players at the point guard and shooting guard positions, two areas that were top priorities for us to address during this offseason,” Wizards president and general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a news release announcing the trade. “Monte has steadily improved his all-around game and is coming off a career year while Will has been a consistent scorer and three-point threat during his time in Denver.”

Morris, 27, averaged 12.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 75 games (74 starts) during his fifth season with Denver in 2021-22.

Barton, 31, averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 71 games (all starts) in his 10th NBA campaign. He had been with the Nuggets since February 2015.

Caldwell-Pope, 29, averaged 13.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 39.0 percent from 3-point range in 77 games (all starts) in his first season with the Wizards in 2021-22.

Smith, 34, averaged 6.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 65 games (one start) between Washington and the Charlotte Hornets last season.

–Field Level Media