NBA Rumor: Juan Hernangomez Trade?

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The Memphis Grizzlies today announced the team acquired guards Kris Dunn and Carsen Edwards and the right to swap 2026 second round draft picks from the Boston Celtics for forward Juancho Hernangomez. Dunn (6-3, 205), selected fifth overall in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Providence, has appeared in 231 games (126 starts) and has averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.53 steals in 24.1 minutes over five seasons with Minnesota, Chicago and Atlanta. The 27-year-old was traded from Atlanta to Boston on Aug. 7.

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ESPN’s Bobby Marks reported that Rondo wasn’t asked to report to the Grizzlies or take a physical once the trade with the Los Angeles Clippers was announced. Marks added the same condition applied to forward Juancho Hernangomez, who was traded to Memphis this week along with Jarrett Culver in exchange for Patrick Beverley. It implies Hernangomez’s time with the Grizzlies might not be long, either. The fifth-year forward is owed $12.8 million on the final two years of his contract, although his final year won’t be guaranteed until June 30.

But to your point, trading a guy like Juancho Hernangomez would take a toll on the locker room. He’s the epitome of a glue guy that everyone loves. I think that’s part of the conversation Denver’s front office is having. It’s hard to recreate chemistry, and Hernangomez is close with Nikola Jokic. As I’ve advocated, I also think it might be in his best basketball interest to get a fresh start. However, if injuries keep piling up, I could see them hanging up the phones.

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.
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