The Nuggets and Pistons have reached a trade agreement. As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, a journalist from ESPN, Denver has agreed to send Bol Bol to Detroit in exchange for Rodney McGruder and a second round of the 2022 draft, a round that was held by Michigan but originally belonged to the Nets.
Bol seems like the most interesting man in this movement, because, although he has barely managed to have continuity, he has left flashes of talent that invite us to think that there is a great player in him to serve. The center was chosen in the 44th position in the 2019 draft, and since then he has only played 53 games in the NBA, in which he has averaged 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds. However, although in isolation, their offensive skills have come to the fore at times, and the Pistons have earned the right to try to boost them at a very low cost.
It should not be forgotten that Bol was considered one of the prospects most promising players of his generation, but a foot injury prevented him from playing more than 9 NCAA games compounded concerns about his physical condition and dropped many spots. We’ll see if a team like Detroit, in no rush to compete and with much more space for it in the rotation, can begin to grow and show that the talent that excited so many at the time is still there.
McGruder, meanwhile, is averaging 2.5 points per game this season, the worst of his career. The guard has shown in some stretches that he can be an efficient shooter who could reinforce the Nuggets’ wardrobe, but he is not exactly at his best, quite the opposite. However, perhaps a competitive environment in which he surrounds himself with higher quality men can make him feel more comfortable and find himself, which could help Malone’s team gain in resources and depth.
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