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Kendra Andrews: Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez returned to the Nuggets locker room to say goodbye upon hearing they’re on the move. Beasley shared a long embrace with Will Barton while Hernangomez was asking if Nikola Jokic was still around.
The Nuggets also have to make decisions on fourth-year shooting guard Malik Beasley and fourth-year forward Juancho Hernangomez, both of whom could enter restricted free agency this summer. The Nuggets, who don’t have a first-round pick this upcoming draft due to the Jerami Grant trade, are in search of a first-round pick for Beasley, according to two league sources.
The Nuggets and Heat are among the teams registering interest in Jrue Holiday, though the Pelicans are not biting … yet. Denver has made Gary Harris very available, and would part with Malik Beasley, too. Just don’t ask for Michael Porter Jr., who has emerged as the sweet scoring forward many thought he would be before the back injury scared everyone away. New Orleans’s decision on Holiday will be interesting.
Despite averaging only 7.1 points in 16 minutes per game thus far 2019-20, Beasley was linked to the Sixers as a potential landing spot, per a report in The Ringer. Beasley’s response to that external chatter: “I just hoop.” Howe ver, he admits uncertainty takes its toll. “It’s not easy, but my family does a great job of keeping me centered,” Beasley said.
General manager Elton Brand’s first stab at a fix has been scoping the market for more shooters. Embiid is an average shooter and Simmons is a nonshooter. The team’s offense excels with just one of them but gets clunky with them both, so finding players who can space the floor is critical. The Sixers have expressed interest in a long list of wings, including Malik Beasley (Nuggets), Glenn Robinson III (Warriors), Davis Bertans (Wizards), E’Twaun Moore (Pelicans), and Andre Iguodala (Grizzlies), according to multiple league sources.
The Nuggets has been open to discussing deals around young talents Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez, but have asked for a high value ahead of the February trade deadline, according to sources. Rival team executives in Las Vegas said they expect both could be moved in order for Denver to receive value prior to restricted free agency. Beasley and Hernangomez are expected to command lucrative deals in free agency, meaning the Nuggets risk losing them in July.
Beasley, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, signed with mega agent Rich Paul this summer and wasn’t able to come to an agreement on an extension with Denver before the deadline in October, despite an aggressive offer from the Nuggets, according to a league source. Teams have already been making calls on Beasley, as The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported last week, and reasons for the interest are obvious. He just turned 23 years old and is a plus athlete who is shooting nearly 41 percent from 3-point range this season after shooting 40 percent over a full season last year.
Multiple teams have had due diligence conversations with Denver regarding guard Malik Beasley, league sources say. Because of their wing depth with Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez and Gary Harris, Denver (14-7) routinely receives trade calls but has no traction currently on any deals. Beasley and the Nuggets did not reach agreement on a contract extension in October, clearing the way for him to be one of the top restricted free agents next summer. Beasley is considered a talented, 6-foot-5 shooting guard with scoring potential.
If they don’t reach an agreement, and the Nuggets sense that some team will offer him starter-level money in restricted free agency, a trade could very well happen. NBA teams are high on Beasley’s talent and are eager to see what that looks like as an everyday starter. Beasley is worth a first-round pick and could help the Nuggets replenish their cupboard after dealing their 2020 pick for Jerami Grant.
Harrison Wind: Malik Beasley today on if he’s thinking about the Nuggets’ current vacancy at backup shooting guard: “For sure. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I could be traded, I could be on that second unit. But either way, I’m going to be working hard to play."
Brendan Vogt: I asked Malik Beasley if he'd heard of the report that he's been made available for trade by the #Nuggets. He had not. I asked him what his initial reaction is: "It's a business. If they trade me, they trade me. I would like to stay here but it is what it is."
The Nuggets have made Malik Beasley available in trade talks, league sources told The Athletic. The 21-year-old guard was the 19th pick in the 2016 draft.
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