Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post wonders if the Denver Nuggets may offer center JaVale McGee to acquire Hibbert.
The logistics would have to work like this: A straight-up trade wouldn’t work because of the 125-percent-plus-$100,000 rule in the collective bargaining agreement. McGee is scheduled to make $11.25 million next season, while Hibbert is due $14.9 million, meaning the trade would fall something like $800,000 short of being an NBA-compliant deal. So, the Nuggets would have to add to it to make the deal work. And since the Pacers are suddenly in need of a starting-caliber small forward due to the recent unfortunate injury to Paul George, that would be a solid starting place for the Nuggets to add a player – or players – to the deal.
Last season, Hibbert averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 43.9% from the field, 40.0% from beyond the arc and 77.0% from the free throw line. Over his career, he’s put up 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 0.9 assists per game while shooting 4.7% from the floor, 30.0% from three and 73.7% from the charity stripe. McGee was limited to just five games last season, averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field and 100.0% from the free throw line. In his six professional seasons, he’s put up 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 54.1% from the floor and 58.4% from the charity stripe.
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