Washington Wizards would land Monte Morris and Will Barton in trade with Denver Nuggets

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The Washington Wizards have reportedly agreed to a trade with the Denver Nuggets to acquire Monte Morris and Will Barton.

Wednesday, Athleticism Senior NBA Insider Shams Charania broke news of a brokered deal between the Wizards and the Nuggets that will see the two teams trade a pair of players. “Denver is set to trade Monte Morris and Will Barton to Washington as part of a deal for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, sources told TheAthletic,” Charania wrote on Twitter.

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By landing Morris and Barton, Washington acquires a pair of reliable rotational players who will give the team some serious depth and two veterans who will bolster a weak bench in 2021-22. With Jamal Murray out all of last season through injury, Barton (14.7 PPG) and Morris (12.6 PPG) were two of the team’s next leading scorers behind the outstanding efforts of league MVP Nikola Jokic.

The deal seems pretty lopsided in favor of wizards. While Caldwell-Pope was a solid player for the team last season, Ish Smith is an expendable bench talent who played just 22 minutes and averaged less than nine points per game after being traded to Washington by the Charlotte Hornets.

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Barton and Morris are certainly a better means of transportation between the two sides, however, reports have claimed the Nuggets are looking to cut their salaries this offseason and that’s why two of their most valuable rotation players have been on the block.

Barton will become a free agent after next season while Morris is signed for two more years at just under $10 million a year.

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