The Denver Nuggets are in need of two types of trades—one that lands them a backup point guard and another that scores them a star in the post.
These are necessary for different reasons.
With the ACL tear to Nate Robinson and Andre Miller still not playing because of his dispute with head coach Brian Shaw, Denver must have someone back up Ty Lawson at point guard. Randy Foye has done a solid job sliding over to the 1 in Lawson's absence, but he should primarily be at the 2 for his long-distance shooting off the pass.
The Nuggets have six big men if you include the injured JaVale McGee, who could miss the rest of the season, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. However, none of them are currently All-Star caliber or provide the right attributes to fit in an inside-out offense that Shaw will want to run down the road.
Finding a reserve point guard will be significantly easier with their salary situation.
The Nuggets have three players making a minimum of eight figures annually through at least the 2015-16 season. Two of those guys are McGee and Danilo Gallinari, and Gallinari has already been ruled out for the rest of the season after having reconstructive surgery on his ACL, according to Nuggets.com.
This limits their options of landing a big name, a problem that should be addressed in the offseason.
Denver's primary concern before the trade deadline is moving Miller and getting a reserve point guard. Miller is healthy, has a few more seasons left in him at age 37 and can be an effective backup on most teams, but he's wasting Denver's roster space at this point.
The Nuggets have been flirting with the .500 mark all season and currently hold a 24-23 record. That puts the franchise 3.5 games behind the Dallas Mavericks for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
Considering that there are at least 12 teams in the West with a legitimate chance at making the playoffs, the Nuggets must make a move to increase their chances at extending their postseason appearance streak to 11 straight years.
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