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Denver Nuggets trade JaMychal Green for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round

Denver Nuggets trade JaMychal Green for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round

Denver Nuggets are traded forward Jamical Green The 2027 protected first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder is a 30th pick in this month’s NBA draft, and two future second-round picks, sources told ESPN Monday.

The Thunder still has picks 2, 12 and 34 in this year’s draft, and the Nuggets now have picks 21 and 30.

Sources said Oklahoma City will send to Denver in the second round in 2023 and 2024.

Sources have said that Green is expected to pick his $8.2 million salary for the 2022-2023 season this month, which will eventually end the deal.

In new General Manager Calvin Booth’s first deal to oversee the Nuggets’ basketball operations since President Tim Connelly’s departure to Minnesota, Denver is creating some flexibility in setting a salary cap with the deal, saving them $20 million in salary and welfare taxes with the trade. Denver still expects to be a luxury tax-paying team for next year, and is now giving itself the flexibility to use the $6.4 million mid-level taxpayer exemption, or the $8.2 million commercial exemption created with the deal.

The Thunder has $31.6 million in salary cap space to accommodate Greene’s contract. Green, 31, averaged 6.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 16 minutes for the Nuggets this past season. The 2022-23 season will be Green’s 10th season in the NBA.

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