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Randy Foye Traded to Thunder for D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak, Draft Picks

Denver Nuggets guard Randy Foye (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Randy Foye was reportedly traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak and a pair of second-round picks, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical confirmed the report. Wojnarowski added the Nuggets are trying to find a place for Novak's contract, but as of now, he's staying with the team.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Nuggets will work with Novak on a contract buyout that will keep him eligible for the playoffs.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported the Thunder will save $9.8 million in salary and luxury taxes in the trade.

At 32 years old, Foye's best days are behind him. He's been a steadying presence coming off of the bench for the Nuggets behind second-year guard Gary Harris, though.

Foye is averaging a career low in minutes played (19.8) and points (6.0) per game.

Those aren't great numbers and the Nuggets are 10 games under .500 as they begin the second half of their season. Yet Wojnarowski wrote that Foye was "a tremendous locker room presence for the Nuggets, who won't easily part with him."

The Thunder could use a player like Foye on its roster as their two leading shooting guards, Andre Roberson and Dion Waiters, are under 25 years old and haven't brought a bona fide scoring option in the backcourt behind Russell Westbrook at point guard.

Waiters is more of a traditional shooting guard compared to Roberson, who has found more success closer to the basket. Roberson is shooting just 27.4 percent from three-point range.

Foye won't necessarily bring an added scoring punch. He has struggled from the field this season, as the Oklahoman's Anthony Slater showed:

However, he could work with Oklahoma City's shooting guards to help build their game. In seven of his first eight seasons, Foye put up double-digit point outputs per game and could counsel some younger players to become more consistent scorers.

For a team that is looking up at the dominant Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference, bringing in a great veteran locker room guy could be vital for the Thunder as April approaches.

 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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