By Anthony Caruso III | Editor
The Denver Nuggets are expected to trade Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards. The squad is expected to be finalized Thursday night when the league’s new year begins.
In exchange, the Nuggets should receive Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith.
This is the second straight offseason that Caldwell-Pope has been traded. Last offseason, he was traded in a multi-team trade by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Wizards.
With this agreement, Barton will be able to play near his birthplace. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
Journeyman Smith could set the NBA record with a single game with the Nuggets. If he plays with the team in October, he will set the NBA record for most NBA teams played in his career with 13.
Barton is involved in the second trade of his career. In February 2015, he was traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Nuggets.
Last season he played 71 games for the Nuggets. He started all 71 games.
Barton, 31, averaged 14.7 points per game. He also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks per game.
The 27-year-old Morris was a Nuggets second-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
He appeared in 75 games, including 74 starts. He averaged 12.6 points per game.
Morris also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks per game.
Caldwell-Pope joins his fourth NBA team. He started his career with the Detroit Pistons.
He was a 2013 first-round pick by the Pistons.
The 29-year-old has appeared in 77 games. He started all 77 games with the Wizards. He averaged 13.2 points per game in his only campaign in Washington.
He also averaged 3.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.3 blocks per game.
Smith, 33, was a reserve with the Wizards. He appeared in 28 matches.
He averaged 8.6 points per game. He also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game.
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