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Trade Proposal Sends Thunder’s Josh Giddey to Nuggets, Zeke Nnaji Headed to OKC

Both the OKC Thunder and the Denver Nuggets are aiming for improvements following their recent playoff exits to the Mavericks and Timberwolves respectively. The Thunder are in need of a center, while the Nuggets require some roster adjustments.

Denver beat writer Harrison Wind has proposed a trade involving Josh Giddey going to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Zeke Nnaji.

The trade :

Denver receive: SG/PG Josh Giddey
Thunder Get : C/PF Zeke Nnaji, and a future second-round pick.

“The Thunder want to trade Josh Giddey. The Nuggets want to trade Zeke Nnaji. Denver needs a backup point guard, the Thunder would want a cost-controlled young player that they can take a chance on.” Wind wrote

“You could talk yourself into a Nnaji reclamation project if you’re another team with a good track record for development (and a renowned shooting coach like Chip Engelland, like OKC has). I’ve heard the Thunder have had interest in Nnaji in the past too. Giddey can’t shoot, but he has good size and is an elite, elite passer and table-setter. Maybe Denver would have to give up more than this, but Giddey’s off-the-court past would present questions for any team trading for him.”  Wind added.

Despite rumors suggesting the Nuggets might shop Michael Porter Jr this summer, General Manager Calvin Booth has stated that Porter is not available for trade, leaving room for potential moves involving Nnaji and Reggie Jackson.

Nnaji, despite expectations of an increased role, has seen limited playing time, making him a potential trade asset for the Nuggets to bolster their bench without sacrificing core players.

This season, Zeke averaged 3.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game, shooting 46.3% from the field in 9.9 minutes of play. While trading for him could benefit the Thunder, Sam Presti might lean towards acquiring an impactful center instead, especially considering how close they were to making the championship finals this season.

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Regarding Giddey, the Thunder may opt to give him another opportunity to prove himself with the team. However, if they decide to move him, the Nuggets emerge as a potential destination to watch closely.

Giddey’s season averages were 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game, with a field goal percentage of 47.5% in 25.1 minutes per game.

He performed reasonably well in the first round of the playoffs against the Pelicans but faced difficulties in the second round against the Mavericks, leading to him starting from the bench in a couple of  games.

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