What is the motivation for trading each of those players?
Originally Posted by thebigabd
They should be able to get some solid players to fill holes, or get more draft picks with these guys. These are nice assets.
Faried and Gallinari are better than solid. Potential trade partners for Faried and Gallinari are probably limited to teams without high picks, and it's unlikely either of those guys would fetch a lottery pick regardless. Draft picks are always nice to have, but what is Denver's goal in stocking up on picks? Are you simply stockpiling assets for a potential bigger trade down the road? I'm not saying I disagree with trading them; I'm just wondering what the broader plan is.
Gallo can opt out this summer and doesn't fit long-term (given his age and injury history), so trading him makes a ton of sense. I'm not high on Faried, so I'd be willing to trade him, but given the years left on his contract, Denver can be more patient. Not that I think Faried is going to fetch a ton in a trade, but I wouldn't just give him away for scraps.
Clearing out Gallo and Faried opens up more minutes for the younger guys, so that makes sense long-term. Mudiay is much different, though. He's really young, so his timeline fits with the core, and he has two more years remaining on his rookie contract, so Denver has plenty of time to evaluate Mudiay before deciding whether or not to make a significant financial commitment with an extension or second contract. If you want to open up more minutes for Murray, look at Jameer Nelson (35 y/o, 26 MPG).
To me, Mudiay is the type of young, high-potential player that Denver should be looking to acquire rather than trade away. What do you expect to get for him? I don't think anyone is trading a Top 10 pick for him. It's fair to be skeptical about Mudiay's long-term potential and fit, but I don't think there should be any urgency to trade him now. With that said, if you can package Mudiay with other assets to land a bigger asset--a high pick or a better young player--then that's definitely worth considering.
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