Nuggets trade Nene, likely bringing Wilson Chandler back
Thursday was the NBA's trade deadline and the Nuggets decided to make a major move, sending the 6-foot-11 Nene to the Washington Wizards in a three-team deal that "came out of the blue," according to Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri. The Nuggets received center JaVale McGee, forward Ronny Turiaf, a $13 million trade exception and a future second-round pick, while Nick Young went to the Clippers and Brian Cook headed to Washington, in addition to a future second-rounder.
The plan, Ujiri said, is to waive Turiaf to make a roster spot for Wilson Chandler, who said he expects a deal to be done on "Sunday or Monday." McGee is scheduled to take a 7 a.m. flight to Denver today.
Nene has played his entire career since Maybyner Rodney Hilário was acquired on draft night in 2002. This season, Nene averages 13.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds, the first of five seasons on a $67 million contract.