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Nuggets trade Morris and Barton to Wizards for KCP and Smith

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JULY 6TH: The trade is now official, according to a Wizards press release.

“We’re very excited to add Monte and Will as proven players at point guard and shooting guard, two areas that were top priorities for us this offseason.” president of basketball operations tommy shepard he said in a statement. “Monte has consistently improved his all-around game and is coming off a career year, while Will has been a consistent scorer and 3-point threat during his time in Denver, and both are obviously familiar with Coach Unseld’s system and style. ”.


JUNE 29: the wizards Y nuggets have reached an agreement on a trade that will send the point guard mount morris Yet the Will Barton to Washington in exchange for small forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and base ish smithsources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (twitter link).

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Shams Charania of Atletico (twitter link) first reported that the two teams were close to reaching an agreement.

The Wizards, who had previously been linked to Morris, will get a much-needed point guard upgrade in the trade, adding a player who was considered one of the best backups in the NBA before taking on a starting role last season as jamal murray Recovered from ACL surgery.

In his first year as a full-time starter, Morris averaged 12.6 PPG, 4.4 APG and 3.0 RPG on .484/.395/.869 in 75 games (29.9 MPG). The Nuggets received calls from more than 20 teams about the 27-year-old, for Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Washington will also acquire Barton, a solid shooter and scorer who has averaged 14.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 3.3 APG while hitting 3PT% of .362 in 479 regular-season games for the Nuggets since coming to Denver in 2015.

wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. he is very familiar with both players, having previously served as an assistant for the Nuggets.

The move reduces the chance of Wizards seriously going after a point guard like Tyus Jones in free agency or malcolm brogdon via trade.

Meanwhile, the Nuggets will add a player they had been targeting since the trade deadline in Caldwell-Pope, according to Singer. Denver sees Caldwell-Pope as a two-way upgrade on the wing, values ​​his championship experience with the Lakers and would be interested in retaining him beyond next season, adds Singer.

Caldwell-Pope, 29, averaged 13.2 points per game and shot 39.0% of his 3-pointers for the Wizards in 2021/22, while playing his usual strong defense.

As for Smith, he will provide depth as a point guard for a Nuggets team that should have Murray back this fall and saw hyland bones enjoy a great season as a rookie. Assuming Smith plays in at least one game for Denver, he will be his 13th NBA team, breaking a league record. tweet ESPN’s Matt Williams.

As ESPN’s Bobby Marks points out (via Twitter), if no more players are added to the four-player deal, the two teams will have to wait until after the July moratorium to make it official, as the Wizards are receiving several million dollars more than they are sending, while the Nuggets save a little money on next season’s payroll.

Caldwell-Pope ($14 million) and Smith ($4.73 million) entered the offseason without fully guaranteed salaries for 2022/23, but Caldwell-Pope secured their guarantee Tuesday and Smith is on track to receive as well to meet the salary -Combine rules and make the deal legal. Non-guaranteed salary does not count in trades for exit purposes.

Caldwell-Pope, Smith and Barton ($14.38 million) have contracts that expire next season and are eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2023. Morris will earn $9.13 million on ’22/23 and $9.8 million on ‘ 23/24 before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

The Nuggets are likely to absorb Smith’s incoming contract using part of the $8.2MM trade exception they created in the past week. JaMychal Green trade. That would allow them to create a new, larger business exception, worth at least Morris’s outgoing salary ($9.13MM), according to Marks.

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