Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth just got some more draft capital for this month’s NBA draft — while also sending away a rotation piece.
Booth executed his first trade as the franchise’s top basketball decision-maker Monday, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, sending veteran forward JaMychal Green and a protected 2027 first-round pick to Oklahoma City for this year’s 30th overall pick and two future second-round picks.
With the trade, the Nuggets now have the Nos. 23 and 30 selections in the first round of the draft. They will also receive second-round picks in 2023 and ’24.
Green has an $8.2 million player option left on the two-year deal he signed with Denver in the summer of 2021. A reserve forward for the Nuggets the past two seasons, he was likely to see a minutes crunch with the expected return of Michael Porter Jr. next season.
While the trade will slice some payroll from a Nuggets cap sheet that is destined to hit the luxury tax, the salaries due to the first-round picks will offset some of that savings.
The two first-rounders give Booth the opportunity to pick up a pair of low-cost players under team control for four seasons — which could prove invaluable given the franchise’s current cap situation.
Booth could also use those picks are sweeteners in a trade for an established veteran.