Friday, June 23, 2006

Nuggets Looking to Trade Up in Draft?

(FortCollins-CO) According to , the Nuggets could be interested in trading Kenyon Martin to either Minnesota or the Knicks (Still with the Knicks talks) and Andre Miller to the Celtics in hopes of clearing up cap space and or moving up in the draft. How this all is supposed to work in favor of the Nuggets I'm not sure of, but I can try to make some sense of it for all the Nuggets fans who are perplexed at this point with this team.

So if the Nuggets were to get rid of Andre Miller and Kenyon Martin to the previously mentioned teams they would be able sign Carmelo Anthony to a max deal and potentially move up to the sixth draft slot currently occupied by the Timberwolves. If the T-Wolves were to do this, I would assume that the Celtics would be giving the Nuggets in return Wally Szczerbiak and hopefully Dan Dickau. But does this make the Nuggets better? Who is going to be around at the sixth selection in the draft, and are they going to be able to make an immediate impact? These are the questions that are going to need to be answered and not with talk, with wins!

The Nuggets, with the exception of drafting Carmelo Anthony, have been notoriously bad when it comes to drafting potential superstars. Back in 1998, the Nuggets selected Raef LaFrentz while overlooking players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, and Paul Pierce. The year before that the Nuggets drafted Tony "El Busto" Battie while overlooking Tracy McGrady. I know that these incidents are a little in the rear view mirror at this point, but still, can the Nuggets afford another year where their top ten draft pick goes belly-up and puts the Nuggets back into a lottery situation? The answer to that is no, and with the players in this years draft, getting someone that is potentially not going to pan out is more than just speculation.

Only time will tell for the Nuggets, or shall I say, only wins...

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