From ESPN’s Chad Ford:
A number of NBA sources are telling me that the Denver Nuggets are in the hunt for a Top 10 pick. Nuggets GM Mark Warkentein has been calling around trying to gauge interest in teams selling the pick. According to sources Warkentein is offering Ty Lawson for the pick. A Nuggets source said the Nuggets are looking for big man to fill up their front line. Several bigs including Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis, Ekpe Udoh, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Hassan Whiteside could be there at 10.
A couple things on this. First, the Nuggets have shown interest in Joel Przybilla before. Obviously Joel is hurt right now, but he’s going to also have value as an expiring contract. But clearly Denver wants youth, and there are plenty of teams in the lottery looking to deal, most notably the Indiana Pacers at No. 10. Is it within the realm of reason that the Blazers could trade up for that pick, then move the pick to Denver, possibly sweetening the package with Przybilla since the Nuggets probably aren’t too keen on trading with a division rival? Sure.
Then there’s the issue of Warkentein being the trade partner. Considering, whether factual or not, Warkentein has been reportedly lobbying for Kevin Pritchard’s job, that might not be the most amiable phone call.
While many of you likely prefer Darren Collison of the recent point guard crop, Lawson might be the best fit next to Brandon Roy as a complimentary spot-up shooter and pick-and-roll ballhandler (one point per possession according to Synergy). Not that Collison wouldn’t be a great option himself, but Lawson appears to be slightly more obtainable, publicly, at the moment. Lawson, at 5’11″, if that, isn’t the ideal height to be finding Oden in the middle, but there aren’t a ton of 6’3″ young, talented point guards just floating around the league’s trade blocks these days.
So, how would you configure a deal for Lawson?