NBA Rumors: Nuggets acquiring Blake Griffin or DeMarcus Cousins possible?

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Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins (Photo Courtesy: Verse Photography & Mike/Flickr)

The Denver Nuggets tried to acquire a superstar this offseason but Dwyane Wade decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Nuggets are still in pursuit of a superstar and they could trade for Blake Griffin or DeMarcus Cousins if either player becomes available.

Denver was one of the surprising frontrunners for the signature of D-Wade but they did not have the hometown appeal of Chicago. Nevertheless, it was clear that the Nuggets front office is looking for their first superstar since Carmelo Anthony.

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In a recent weekly mailbag feature on Hoops Rumors, basketball analyst Arthur Hill was asked if Denver will be making some moves in the upcoming season. He mentioned that the Nuggets have the cap space to take on a big salary and a host of young assets to acquire a superstar.

“Denver has a lot of young talent that other teams would be interested in acquiring, along with the Grizzlies’ first-rounder (top-five protected) for next season. If Blake Griffin or DeMarcus Cousins becomes available, the Nuggets are in good shape to be competitive bidders,” Hill answered.

NBA rumors also imply that the Nuggets are still trying to trade Kenneth Faried and teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans are very interested. If they can trade Faried for picks and young assets, it will free up more money for Denver that already have $16.5 million cap space remaining.

However, several reports are pointing out that Blake Griffin or DeMarcus Cousins are not available this offseason despite all the NBA rumors around them. Griffin is set to become a free agent next summer and the Los Angeles Clippers will likely trade him before he walks for nothing.

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On the other hand, Cousins has two more years in his deal but next season might be his last chance to prove that he can co-exist with a head coach and the Kings front office. General Manager Vlade Divac recently praised his center, probably trying to repair the bond between player and franchise, per CSN Bay Area.

Photo Courtesy: Verse Photography & Mike/Flickr

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