Who won the trade?
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This trade accomplished what both team needed; Denver freed up contracts and reduced its potential luxury tax, while Brooklyn got picks and a buy out opportunity. With that being said, which side fixed their needs faster?
The Nuggets needed this trade to happen. Their salary cap and luxury tax needed to drop, especially since they are not in winning-it-all conversation. Denver’s top priority this offseason was to trade Faried.
Going into trade talks, Denver knew it would cost them in order for that to happen. Well, it cost them a top-12 protected 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick and Darrell Arthur. The Nuggets will not receive anything in return, with Whitehead likely to be waived.
With that being said, Brooklyn benefited more in the trade. Now, the Nets should buy out Faried due to their other options at power forward and their 2019 future.
With this trade, they Nets will have a nice potential set up not only for the 2019 NBA Draft, but a great cap situation next offseason. Brooklyn also got Darrell Arthur, who could be a great bench asset if healthy.