Report: Nuggets trade JaVale McGee, first-round pick to 76ers

Thursday February 19th, 2015

The Denver Nuggets have traded center JaVale McGee and a first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.

McGee, 27, has played in just 22 games over the last two seasons because of a stress fracture in his left leg. In 17 games this season, he averaged 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 11.5 minutes per game.

The Nuggets acquired McGee from the Wizards in 2012 and signed him to a four-year, $44 million contract following an impressive playoff performance.

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McGee is earning $11.25 million this season and will make $12 million in the final year of his deal next season. The 76ers have the lowest payroll in the league and can add McGee's contract without sending out matching salaries.

The draft rights to Turkish guard Cenk Akyol will be sent to Denver, according to Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler.

In a separate deal, Denver is also reportedly trading guard Arron Afflalo to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for three players and several draft picks.

The Nuggets are 20-33 this season.

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