The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that will send 21-year-old guard Emmanuel Mudiay to the New York Knicks as a part of a three team trade that also involved the Dallas Mavericks. In return, the Nuggets receive veteran guard Devin Harris as well as a future second round pick from the New York Knicks.

The Nuggets were rumored for months to have been looking to dump Mudiay, and finally were able to do so just hours before the deadline. In the end, the Knicks will receive Mudiay, the Nuggets Devin Harris and a future second-round pick from the Knicks, while the Mavericks get a Nuggets second rounder and Doug McDermott from New York.

Mudiay has averaged career lows in points and minutes per game thus far this season, and has taken a back seat role to break-out point guard Jamaal Murray. Over the past several weeks it has become increasingly clear to the Nuggets that Mudiay brings little value to the team, and a veteran coming off the bench could be crucial in a playoff run.

Devin Harris has averaged 8.5 points and two assists in 18 minutes per game thus far in 2017-2018. The thirteenth year guard figures to bring valuable leadership and playoff experience, something that generally lacks with a youthful Denver Nuggets roster.

The Nuggets are clearly playing for the “now,” as they have coughed up their second round pick in 2018 for what is sure to be a rental in Devin Harris. Whether or not the trade is a success likely will not be properly determined for several years, regardless of Harris’ performance the remainder of 2018 with the Nuggets.

While Mudiay hasn’t performed up to standards of late, it has to be disappointing for the Nuggets to give up on a talent with a ceiling as high as Mudiay. Mudiay, who was picked seventh overall in 2015 by the Nuggets, was at one time thought to be the future of the Nuggets at the guard position. However, with the Nuggets currently sitting at the sixth seed in the Western conference and second year guard Jamaal Murray proving to be one of the more exciting young talents in the NBA, Nuggets management felt confident the could let go of Mudiay.

Getting rid of Mudiay was something that was imminent for the Nuggets, but it will remain to be seen if they got enough in return for the ceiling in which Mudiay provides. After all, if Mudiay ends up as a legitimate point guard for the New York Knicks down the road, it is hard to imagine a 34 year old guard such as Devin Harris can make up for the lost talent.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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