A year ago, it felt like the Nuggets had found their long-term backup point guard in rookie Bones Hyland, a guy who could be part of the rotation when Jamal Murray returned. Except, in his second season, Hyland hasn't taken a step forward - although his play has been better and more aggressive in recent weeks - and free agent Bruce Brown has shown he can play some backup one (even if he is more of a combo guard).
That has the Nuggets considering trading Hyland if they can get defensive help, reports Jake Fischer at Yahoo Sports.
Brown has played his way to a bigger contract than the $6.8 million player option he has for next season, but the Nuggets are already big spenders and not looking to go deep into the tax (Nikola Jokic's extension kicks in next season at about $46.9 million a year to start, and both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. will make north of $33 million next season). It is possible the Nuggets let Brown walk and keep Hyland, still on his rookie contract and set to make $2.3 million next season, partly for financial reasons. Hyland is averaging 12.4 points per game and shooting 38.5% from 3, but he struggles defensively (which is where the clashes with Malone come in).
Denver has a chance to win the West this season and defense is what will decide if that happens - if the Nuggets can land another wing/forward defender, they may jump at it and worry about the backup one spot next summer. However, finding that player in a high-priced seller's market may prove the biggest challenge - several teams are looking for that same kind of defensive help.
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