Report: Nene To Wizards, JaVale McGee To Nuggets In Three-Way Deal
Yes, the L.A. Clippers are getting Nick Young in a trade with the Washington Wizards, but the news doesn’t end there — the complete three-way deal includes the Wiz getting star center Nene from the Denver Nuggets, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post:
Source: #wizards close to 3-team deal: JaVale McGee & Ronny Turiaf to Nuggets; Nick Young to Clippers; Nene, Brian Cook & pick to WAS—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 15, 2012
The news is shocking since Nene appeared all set to be a Nugget long-term — he signed a five-year, $65 million contract in December and looked happy in the Mile High City. But in a surprising development, the Nuggets move their starting center and leading rebounder in the middle of a playoff-bound season at 24-19.
The Nuggets do get back JaVale McGee, who’s five years younger and a better shot blocker, at 2.5 per game.
McGee is also an expiring contract. The young center is making $2.5 million next season and headed for restricted free agency; it will be interesting to see whether they make him a qualifying offer and attempt to keep him in 2012-13.