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Rumor: Nuggets could look to trade Mason Plumlee, young player for Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala, Mason Plumlee

The Denver Nuggets have one of the deepest rosters in all the NBA, but they could look to upgrade for a final piece to their puzzle. While Will Barton did just enough to fend off Torrey Craig for a starting small forward spot, the team is still in need of a defensive stalwart who can help lock down some of the game’s biggest small forwards. This could mean targeting Andre Iguodala in a trade and trying to bring him back to a place where he enjoyed a season of success, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Mason Plumlee is in the final season of a contract that will pay him $14 million, which could make a nice salary filler next to young prospects the Nuggets may have a tough time retaining like Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez.

The Nuggets will also have six free agents next summer and will be adding Jamal Murray’s max contract extension into their books. The window is somewhat short for this version of this club, so getting Iguodala from the Memphis Grizzlies might just be that final piece of depth to make them legitimate contenders in the West.

Iggy is owed a beefy $17-plus million for his services, a number he has refused to budge on when approached about a potential buyout. The Grizzlies are unwilling to pay him to go away and are keeping him separated from the team until they find his next destination.

The question remains whether Memphis would be willing to take this type of offer from Denver, or if a first-round pick would still be required to consummate the deal. The Nuggets already owe their 2020 first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to the Jerami Grant deal.

Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have no choice but to play the waiting game, having already dispatched of their main assets in trades for Anthony Davis and Paul George, respectively.