This is Part III of a six-part series noting the impact of last March's stunning deal for Nene. In this section, we touch base with two lead writers of SB Nation's Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs to see how the trade has affected their team. As it turns out, both are happy with having JaVale McGee.
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NATE TIMMONS, SITE MANAGER
I can't believe it has already been a year since the big trade. JaVale still feels so new to the Nuggets and he's still finding his place with the team that it feels like he just got here.
At the time, the trade was said to be a money-saving deal by the Nuggets. Then, they turned around and handed McGee a big contract in the offseason, and he makes just $3 million less than Nene this season.
Am I happy with the deal? Yes. I'd make the trade 10 times out of 10 just based on McGee's potential and the fact that I think Nene hit his ceiling in Denver.
We've seen discussion on Denver Stiffs centering around Nene. He easily could have played center in Denver with Kenneth Faried at power forward and a solid backup big in Kosta Koufos, but I like that Masai Ujiri swung for the fences with McGee. Even if Nene is the better player right now, he wasn't bringing a championship to Denver. Can McGee be that guy? That's the question we're waiting to find out.
Nuggets fans enjoying JaVale McGee
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