At the time of the trade deadline rumors are flying everywhere. Separating teams that are genuinely looking to make a move from teams just looking for a steal can be hard to determine.
Case in point, the Denver Nuggets. They wanted to make some moves at the trade deadline — Timofey Mozgov was sent to Cleveland — but there were rumors they also were shopping Ty Lawson around. They were, but Zach Lowe at Grantland notes they were in the “looking for a steal not a deal” mode with him.
The Nuggets discussed Lawson deals at the deadline, and sources at the time said Denver wanted multiple first-round picks.
They were never going to get that. Lawson’s good but the market is too deep with quality point guards to sacrifice that much to land him.
Lowe discusses this in the context of would Lawson fit with the Jazz as they look to make a leap. He’d be an upgrade at the point for them, but I think there are better fits out there (Avery Bradley or someone similar is a better fit in my mind).
What will be interesting with the Nuggets is to see what direction they try to go this summer. They built an uptempo running team for George Karl that won 57 games, then decided they needed a defensive coach and direction — but they never changed the players around to fit that new style. Shaw’s desire to do it his way and the Nuggets not giving him the pieces for that system cost him his job. This summer the front office needs to first just pick a direction for the Nuggets, and then get a coach and make player moves from there.
Lawson may or may not be a part of that.