Steve Novak Waived by Nuggets: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

Nov 29, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz forward Steve Novak warms up prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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Forward Steve Novak was released by the Denver Nuggets on Friday despite never playing a game for the team, per the Denver Post. The team acquired him in a trade Thursday after he played in just seven games for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season.

Novak, who has started just six of the 456 games he's played in his career, averaged 2.4 points and 0.6 rebounds per contest for the Thunder this season. In 10 NBA seasons with nine different teams, he has scored 4.7 points and grabbed 1.3 rebounds per game.

The sharpshooter, who has connected on 43.8 percent of his three-point attempts during his career, has been traded five times and never played more than two seasons for any team, per Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman.

After learning of the latest trade, Novak tweeted out a picture of his young—and apparently confused—son:

The 32-year-old also commented on the situation, per Erik Horne of the Oklahoman:

The kids change everything. When you're single—it's just you and your wife or you even have very young kids—you don't have to worry about the school year, you don't have to worry about kind of uprooting them, putting them around new groups of people.

I know if a trade ever happens, off I go, but the family's kinda always left in the dust and that's always tough.

Novak, who was set to make $3.75 million this season in the final year of a four-year contract, isn't going to bring a ton of scoring to any team that potentially signs him. However, he could be a solid addition to a contending squad looking to add three-point shooting.