It’s not a secret that the Denver Nuggets are looking to upgrade a roster that has already surprised the masses this season. At 28-25 heading into this week’s action, we fully expect Denver to be active prior to Thursday’s trade deadline.
Now, according to this report from Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Nuggets have made former lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay available in trade talks with Boston for Marcus Smart.
Denver is among the teams that has explored Marcus Smart trade scenarios with Boston, according to league sources. Emmanuel Mudiay has been made available, sources say, but the Celts covet a first-round pick for Smart
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 5, 2018
Stein reiterates a report from this past weekend noting that the Celtics are holding out for a first-round pick in exchange for the suddenly embattled Smart. Short of a third team getting involved here, it’s unlikely the Celtics and Danny Ainge would pull the trigger on this deal.
Mudiay, 21, was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Though, he’s fallen out of favor big time with other young Nuggets players stepping up. Thus far this season, Mudiay is averaging what would be a career low 17.9 minutes per game. He’s also shooting just 39 percent from the field.