This Nets-Nuggets Trade Pairs Nikola Jokic, Kyrie Irving

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Why The Denver Nuggets Do The Deal

Somehow, it feels like the Denver Nuggets take the bigger risk here. Michael Porter Jr.’s back troubles are out of his control. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving could be less of a problem but seems to actively choose not to be.

At the same time, they stand to reap a greater reward. For all the valid criticisms to make about Irving, you can’t knock his game. He’s one of the most talented players in the history of the sport.

Furthermore, the Nuggets are uniquely built to play to his strengths. Most teams would hesitate to put Irving in the same backcourt as the similar scoring-minded Jamal Murray. With that said, most teams don’t have Nikola Jokic.

He’s probably the best passing big man in NBA history. With his advanced playmaking, a Nuggets team with two elite scorers in its backcourt ought to be one of the very best offenses in the NBA.

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There’s no telling how far this squad could go – if Kyrie Irving is willing to suit up, of course.