Thursday, February 21, 2008
Denver Beats Deadline-Does Nothing Major
(Boulder-CO) I have learned through a source close to the Nuggets that, indeed, the Nuggets have traded Von Wafer to Portland for Taurean Green before the trade deadline expired. The deal, which the ink is still drying on, just beat the trade deadline of 1 o'clock MST and bolsters Denver's point guard situation as the team or Chucky Atkins have still not released any information regarding his return (which, may be waivering in the balance necessitating a move like this).
Taurean Green is a 6'1", 180 lb point guard who is not afraid to get defensive. Many of you may remember him from the Florida Gator teams of the past two years that won back-to-back NCAA National Championships with Green paving the way with his pesky perimeter defense.
I personally like the trade. Von Wafer was a player who was merely collecting dust on this team. Taurean upgrades our situation at point guard and on defense. Von was, unfortunately, stuck on the Nuggets bench behind two offensive geniuses in Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson with little hope of allocating many shots, minutes, or opportunity.
Now, is this a deal very significant? No.
Is this is the kind of minor transaction that needed to happen for if and when the Nuggets do make it to the postseason? Yes.
Thank God Nuggets brass didn't do anything stupid like acquire Ron Artest! This kind of minor, but needed, move did two things for Denver. First, it disposed of a player that wasn't of any use to the current Nuggets' situation for a player that could potentially be of great use down the home stretch. Second, and most importantly, this trade didn't drastically shake any of the foundations that this team is built on. The Nuggets merely swapped a player whose abilities were being wasted for a player who plays their most vulnerable position.