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Who Nuggets got: Wayne Cooper, Fat Lever, Calvin Natt, a 1984 second-round pick (Willie White), a 1985 first-round pick (Blair Rasmussen)

Who Trail Blazers got: Kiki Vandeweghe

Vandeweghe had just finished the 1983-84 season in which Cheap Blair Rasmussen Jersey he was third in the NBA in scoring at 29.4 points per game, but Denver lost in five games to the Jazz in the first round of the Cheap Fat Lever Jersey playoffs. New team president Vince Boryla traded the popular forward to Portland, drawing the ire of Nuggets fans. Vandeweghe averaged 23.5 points over four-plus seasons with the Trail Blazers before being traded to New York.

In return, Denver received the building blocks that would carry them to success through the ’80s, including an appearance Cheap Kiki Vandeweghe Jersey in the Western Conference Finals in 1985.

Lever emerged as one of the league’s best point guards. By the time he retired, he was fifth all-time in triple-doubles with 43 behind Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. Natt was an all-star in 1985, averaging 23.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 78 games. But injuries took a toll afterward — he played just 66 games from 1986-89. Cooper manned Cheap Wayne Cooper Jersey the middle for the Nuggets over the next five seasons, averaging 9.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over 351 games.

Rasmussen spent six seasons in Denver, becoming the full-time starter in 1989. He averaged 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in 429 games before being traded to Atlanta in 1991. White played two seasons, averaging 3.7 points off the bench.

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Tough. Hardened. Resilient. Battle-tested.

Use whatever adjective you’d like, but the Denver Nuggets are suddenly all of them.

And while the Nuggets roster isn’t new by any means, tough is a relatively new identity. Soft is a word no athlete or team wants used Wholesale Denver Nuggets Jerseys in front of their name, but it’s safe to say that the Nuggets have been called soft a time or two up until recently. Whether that identity was fair or not is up for debate, but the fact of the matter is that nobody has ever confused the current Cheap Bill Hanzlik Jersey Nuggets with the Detroit Pistons of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Another fact: These Nuggets have never advanced to the Western Conference Finals before either.

The last Denver team to do that? The 2008—09 Nuggets, which featured Cheap Chauncey Billups Jersey players like Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups and Dahntay Jones. Tough, tough and tough.

And before them? The only other Nuggets team to advance to the WCF? That would be the 1984-85 team, featuring the likes of Calving Natt, T.R. Dunn, Bill Hanzlik – tough guys, guys who weren’t afraid to assert their authority (or maybe even a well-placed forearm shiver).

In ’85, it was Hanzlik slugging it out with the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Ralph Sampson and Artis Gilmore, players Cheap Jamal Murray Jersey who had considerable inches – both in height and punch – on the Nuggets’ small forward. With a single stare, Natt could frighten just about anyone, while Dunn was simply a chunk of Cheap Kenyon Martin Jersey granite disguised as a basketball player.

In ’09, it was Martin shoving Dirk Nowitzki to the ground after a little extracurricular activity and just before an uncontested layup. And then it was Jones tripping up – literally – the great Kobe Bryant. And there have been a few NBA players as mentally tough as Billups, but none tougher.

So, for the current Nuggets to find themselves duking it out with the Lakers in the bubble version of the Western Conference Finals, it’s no wonder than they suddenly become tough.

There’s a fine line between dirty and tough – so fine, in fact, that there’s plenty of crossover. Jones’ intentional trip of Bryant was undoubtedly dirty, as was Martin’s shove of Nowitzki, but both gestures sent a very Cheap T.R. Dunn Jersey clear message – one that suggested whatever weapon was required to win, or at least put a stop to getting beat, would be deployed (rules be damned, of course). When Hanzlik famously baited a multitude of big men to take a swing, he was simply standing his ground. Every horse swats his tail at flies, but more often than not, it’s the fly who wins, causing the horse to run off; the pesky Hanzlik simply broke the will of players who were far bigger and better.

Dispelling the label of “soft” isn’t easy either. When nothing is done when a nobody opponent blows the kiss of disrespect in your face, the murmur just gets louder and louder. It requires more than one act of toughness to reinvent one’s self as “tough.”

Maybe the Nuggets finally got tired of hearing Cheap Paul Millsap Jersey they were soft, because they’ve refused to be bullied of late.

Perhaps it started with Murray reminding a mouthy Royce O’Neale that “he couldn’t guard him” in game five against the Jazz. Or, maybe it was Paul Millsap physically taking exception to Marcus Morris’ goonery as the Nuggets battled back against the Clippers.

Or maybe the Nuggets mental toughness became evident after rallying from two consecutive 1-3 playoff series deficits.

The Joker – jovial and goofy by nature, but considerably tougher than his Softish Sombor exterior might suggest – has repeatedly clowned the ultimate clown in Dwight Howard, and he backed down the NBA Defensive Player of the Year runner-up for a go ahead bucket in the waning seconds of game two against L.A.

Maybe, by fighting through a LeBron James screen with a high elbow that ultimately sent a message to the King himself, Jamal Murray’s mean mug suddenly, and truly, looked as if it belonged on the mug of a man who’s not to be messed with. The Nuggets showed toughness by gaining, then losing, leads of 18 points and 20 points – separately, in the first half and fourth quarter in game three against the Lakers – and still managed to hold on for the win. They did this, of course, after a heartbreaking loss in game two.

By and large, the Nuggets are a bunch of very nice guys, plenty of whom have a very nice game to match.

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As the NBA trade deadline nears, the Denver Nuggets have explored all of their options to upgrade their roster. They are making calls, gauging offers, and considering every opportunity to add to a group that they believe could make Cheap Denver Nuggets Jerseys some serious noise in the playoffs this year.

The leading player on the market, forward Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic, is a player the Nuggets have seriously pursued in recent days.

The Nuggets aren’t the only team in the race though. According to Matt Moore of The Action Network, the Boston Celtics have Cheap Arron Afflalo Jersey become the new frontrunners in the pursuit of Gordon.

“Boston, multiple sources confirmed, has offered two first-round picks. No other teams on the board have yet to reach that Cheap Evan Fournier Jersey offer level. It’s not known yet what types of protections are attached to those talks but there is Cheap Gary Harris Jersey an assumption there will Cheap Will Barton Jersey be some, if not significant, protections on the first-rounders.

Additionally, the framework involves Evan Fournier going to Boston, with the Celtics sending a player, the two picks, and using their Cheap Bol Bol Jersey Traded Player Exception from the Gordon Hayward trade.”

After missing out on an opportunity to add center Myles Turner in the offseason, the Celtics are serious about improving their roster prior to the trade deadline. The Celtics have had a disappointing season to this point, currently sitting at 21-21 and far away from opposing Eastern Conference contenders. Could Gordon change their fate? It’s possible.

Having the flexibility to also take on Evan Fournier using the trade exception generated from the Gordon Hayward sign and trade in the offseason gives the Celtics a nice trade chip to entice the Magic. They wouldn’t have Cheap R.J. Hampton Jersey to take back extra money in the trade, and it would open up some roster flexibility for the Magic in the coming offseason, a roster that is currently capped out after extended two players with season-ending injuries—Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Isaac—before the season.

The Nuggets, in order to acquire Gordon, would have to be willing to match Boston’s offer to the Magic. Orlando, behind closed doors of course, has expressed interest in a starting shooting guard replacement for Fournier, a young prospect, and a first round pick. The Nuggets can provide all three, as Moore notes later in the article:

“The Denver Nuggets are considered another serious contender with Will Barton, Bol Bol, and draft compensation among the assets offered.”

This probably isn’t Denver’s best offer. If the Magic were more intrigued with Gary Harris as the shooting guard coming back in the Cheap Zeke Nnaji Jersey deal, then the Nuggets might offer Harris instead. In addition, the Nuggets have two 2020 first round picks on their roster in R.J. Hampton and Zeke Nnaji that have displayed some interesting skills for the modern NBA.

Whether Aaron Gordon is the right player for the Nuggets to go all-in for is unclear, but a move like the one above would be Denver’s first considerable trade acquisition in a long time, possibly since Arron Afflalo from the Magic prior to the 2014-15 season or even Andre Iguodala prior to the 2012-13 season. Neither of those players lasted longer than a year in Denver, and the Nuggets have to be concerned about Gordon departing in free agency in 2022 when his contract expires.

Still, the Nuggets owe it to their team and to the season Nikola Jokić is having to try to win a championship. If Denver can find a price they can live with, Gordon would be a tremendous addition for Denver at the deadline and improve their chances of matching up with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers come playoff time. The risk would be high, especially on short notice during a weird season amid a global pandemic; however, the reward could be the franchise’s first NBA Finals run in franchise history. An extra first round pick seems a small price to pay at that point.