Nuggets, Pacers Complete First NBA Trade In Advance Of The Draft

The Champion Denver Nuggets are already making some moves in advance of tomorrow night's NBA Draft, acquiring two picks in the proceedings from the Indiana Pacers.

The Nuggets are surrendering their first-rounder in 2024 (which would likely be a very low pick) plus their 40th pick this year, to acquire the Pacers' Nos. 29 and 32 in Thursday's 2023 Draft. 

The Pacers had already stated that they had no intention of keeping all five picks that they own in the '23 Draft, and have done a nice job consolidating a couple into a first-rounder for next year. 

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski notes, the Nuggets must prepare for the possibility of losing key rotation piece Bruce Brown after his big decision made earlier today. They've now got three picks from No. 29 through No. 37. 

Fellow NBA insider Tim MacMahon adds that the Nuggets are also optimistic that Peyton Watson, their No. 30 overall pick last year, can be a rotation player for them next season. With three players (Jokic, Murray and Michael Porter Jr.) on max deals, having contributors on rookie contracts and the lower end of the pay scale is critical for Denver.

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