NBA Rumors: 3 Trade Targets For Nuggets; Seeking 3-and-D Wing

The Denver Nuggets are overloaded in the smaller-type guards department, so their goals for the trade deadline include finding an affordable 3-and-D wing, of the slightly-taller variety. That's according to Mike Singer of the Denver Post. 

Singer suggests the Nuggets have a few targets in mind that would fit the bill. 

  • Robert Covington, Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are in dealing mode, and Covington is the ideal fit for Denver's needs. The 31-year-old veteran is in his 9th NBA season, and has made his name in the 3-and-D mold. His scoring is down a bit this season, but he still brings it on defense. He becomes a free agent this offseason, so there's no additional commitment needed. 

  • Justin Holiday, Indiana Pacers
Also in his 9th NBA season, the 6'6" Holiday is another wing player with size that can fill it up from deep. He's averaging 11 points and 37.2% from deep this season. The Pacers, like the Blazers, are looking to re-tool, and will be sellers at the deadline.

  • Terrence Ross, Orlando Magic
It's hard to remember a trade deadline where Ross' name wasn't swirling amongst the rumors. The Magic, of course, are going nowhere fast, at 8-39, and would be happy to deal the 30-year-old for some futures. The one sticking point here is his poor season from behind the arc, as he's shooting just 31% from three, far below his 36% career average. 

The Nuggets do hope to get Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back from long-term injuries before the end of the regular season, so Denver has some built-in scoring returning to the lineup in the 2nd half. But one more 3-and-D with size would be a welcome addition to the bench. 

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