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February 21, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

The McGee deal was a little tougher for Denver to swallow. But in the Nuggets minds, McGee had to go. Beyond McGee's contract, which will pay him $12 million next season, Connelly and Shaw believe in building a winning culture in Denver and there was a strong sentiment inside the walls of the Pepsi Center that McGee’s presence was adversely affecting that. And as difficult as it was to part with the pick—which, if you are scoring at home, belonged to Oklahoma City and is 1-18 protected this season and lottery protected for the next two—the Nuggets believe that the $11.2 million trade exception that was created in the deal will be useful in acquiring a more valuable asset down the line. And the Nuggets could have five first round picks over the next three years anyway. Sports Illustrated

February 19, 2015 Updates

Adrian Wojnarowski: Denver has agreed to send JaVale McGee to Philadelphia, along with a first-round pick via OKC, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

February 18, 2015 Updates

If the Nuggets are still interested in moving McGee this summer and he gets significant playing time between now and then, they'll have a better chance of finding a team willing to trade for him. McGee's four-year, $44 million deal he signed with the Nuggets expires after he makes the final $12 million next season. "He's a shot-blocker and he can change a game," said one league executive who would have interest. "He hasn't played. That's the problem." Bleacher Report

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