In their only trade made on NBA Trade Deadline day, the Denver Nuggets were involved in a three-team deal with the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks.
The Nuggets sent guard Emmanuel Mudiay to New York, while Doug McDermott goes from the Knicks to the Mavs. Coming to Denver is veteran point guard Devin Harris from Dallas.
A veteran back-up point guard was a huge need for the Nuggets going down the stretch run, however it is a little surprising that this was the only deal Denver made today. They were expected to clear at least one roster spot in order to give Torrey Craig a permanent spot on the team — Craig is coming towards the end of his 45 day term since being called up from the G-League, and the Nuggets will risk losing their key role player if they have to send him back down.
The only option now would be to flat-out release someone from their contract, which is very possible for one of the veterans deep on the bench. We shall wait and see what happens on that front.
There was word that Denver was hoping to unload Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler and acquire an offensive player like Tyreke Evans, but those talks appear to have fallen through as we are past the deadline and nothing happened.
A lot of people around Denver were expecting the Nuggets’ roster to look a lot different when they next take the court in Houston on Friday night, but it appears that they will for the most part look the same. The move away from Mudiay and to bring in a veteran like Harris is certainly an improvement for a team attempting to lock down a playoff spot, however… so that will be exciting to see how Harris fits in with the dynamic of this team right away.
At 34-years old, Devin Harris is in the middle of his 14th season in the NBA where he has played for the Mavericks, Nets, Jazz and Hawks. He was drafted 5th overall in the 2004 draft by Dallas and was traded to New Jersey in the middle of his fourth season. After being a solid starter for the first half of his career, Harris has found a way to prolong his career as a key contributor off the bench as a back-up point guard. He returned to Dallas before the 2013-14 season and has been there up until now.
Over his career, Harris has averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 assists and 25.1 minutes per game. This season, he’s averaged 8.5 points over 44 games played.