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Report: Nuggets trading JaVale McGee to 76ers

Denver Nuggets v Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 31: JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets tries to put up a shot against Lavoy Allen #50 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 31, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers won 84-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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The JaVale McGee era in Denver has been a disaster.

He hasn’t stayed healthy. He was indirectly the source of a rift between George Karl and management that led to Karl’s ouster. And he’s paid a lot of money.

So Denver is cutting its losses.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

This is somewhere between mostly and all about the draft pick. As a result of the Timofey Mozgov trade, the Nuggets had a Thunder first rounder top-18 protected this year and top-15 protected the next two years. If not conveyed by 2017, it becomes 2018 and 2019 second rounders.

The 76ers have enough cap space to absorb McGee, who makes $11.25 million this season and $12 million next season, without sending out salary. They could try to buy him out this month or keep him as a trade chip during the summer/next season. The latter could be combined with trying to help him achieve his high potential. Despite everything else, McGee remains talented.

As a fan of his antics, I sure hope he finds way onto the floor somewhere.

This lines up well with Sam Hinkie’s plan of renting out his cap space for draft picks as he builds with a young roster. This nearly all upside for Philadelphia, which isn’t ready to spend the money it’ll pay McGee elsewhere.

Are the Nuggets? I don’t think so, which is why I don’t like this trade for them. They would have been better off stomaching another season of McGee on the books and using the draft pick to upgrade a disjointed roster.

This deal gives Denver a chance to upgrade in free agency this summer, but going for the quick fix too often is what created the Nuggets’ mess in the first place.