After feuding with Nuggets’ coaches and Denver making Bones Hyland available in a trade, the Raptors, Pelicans, and Timberwolves are showing interest.
Bones Hyland is on in the trade market and multiple teams are reportedly showing interest. The Nuggets making Hyland available in the first place was quite strange because he was a solid rotational player who had two more years left on his rookie deal. It seemed a lot more clear once Hyland made a semi-trade demand over friction with the coaching staff.
Additionally, this draft selection was a clear accomplishment for the front office as Hyland was able to become a solid rotational player in the league in his first year even though he was a late first-round pick.
What kinds of trade offers can these teams make for Bones Hyland?
According to Jake Fischer, the Nuggets would want a “first-round pick and a front-court defensive-minded” player in return for Hyland. Among the teams interested, the Pelicans make the most sense if they are able to meet Denver’s demands.
The Pelicans could offer a first-round pick this year with the stipulation that the Lakers or Pelicans pick (Pelicans own both picks, and obviously giving up a lottery first isn’t worth Hyland) is worse will be the one that the Nuggets get. While this sounds a bit complicated, this is allowed under the NBA CBA. Additionally, the Pelicans could offer Willy Hernangómez’s salary for the deal and the front-court player needed for a return.
This move may be unlikely because both teams are Western conference teams on the rise and may not want to trade between teams.
Another more interesting deal is Hyland for Naz Reid. With both teams having players on the market, it might make sense to do a swap. The Timberwolves would be unable to offer the Nuggets a first-round pick, as of the lack of tradeable picks due to Rudy Gobert’s trade.
Finally, the Raptors would make sense if they were able to pick in return for their players already on the market. Hyland would be a good small piece to start the Raptors’ rebuild if they choose to go down that route.
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