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RUMOR: Nuggets tried to trade Gary Harris in deals for Zach LaVine, Jrue Holiday

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The Denver Nuggets were relatively quiet prior to the NBA trade deadline besides a late-join in the four-team trade that sent Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez out of town.

Yet before being a late addition to the trade between the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves, they discussed trading Gary Harris, along with Beasley and Hernangomez (both dealt to the Timberwolves), in separate talks for Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, according to Michael Scotto of Bleacher Report.

Talks didn’t go far this time around, but intent is everything in this league — making Harris exit in the summer a likely one.

The Nuggets are trying to fine-tune their starting lineup and Harris has sunk as a fourth or fifth option among starters, with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray running the show.

Micahel Porter Jr., who was playing a stud sixth man role before he went down with an ankle injury, could emerge as the second or third-best player in the team within the next few months, which could ultimately relegate the Michigan State product to a bench role.

Harris is making $17.8 million this season and is owed $39.6 million more over the next two seasons — money the Nuggets won’t want to pay for a non-impact player.

The Nuggets looked to fortify their shooting guard position with potent guards like LaVine and Holiday, and chances are they could keep trying this summer as well. His contract is decent enough to move, but with his dipping numbers, it could prove more difficult in what’s expected to be a dry free-agent market and a stale trade season.