NBA Trade Rumors: Bol Bol Dealt to Pistons; Nuggets Get Rodney McGruder, Draft Pick

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The Denver Nuggets are trading Bol Bol to the Detroit Pistons for a second-round draft pick from the Brooklyn Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bol has played in 14 games for Denver this season and has played 81 minutes.

McGruder has only been used by the Pistons 17 times, and has averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebound in just over 10 minutes per game.

The 30-year-old, who is due to earn $1.9 million this season, might be more valuable to Denver as an expendable veteran whose departure would create a new spot on the roster.

The Pistons had little need for an experienced guard on an expiring deal. It's a sensible gamble for a franchise to trade away McGruder for an opportunity to look at Bol.

A stress fracture in his foot ended the promising freshman season of the 7'2", 220-pound forward at Oregon.

He was selected by the Nuggets in the second round of the draft. It can be hard to carve out the playing time necessary to develop young talent in an NBA team.

Bol has played in 53 games for Denver.

He averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 rebound in eight games with the Windy City Bulls in the NBA G League.

The Sudan native had a great time at the NBA Summer League.

There is still no breakthrough in the NBA.
The trade to Detroit will allow Bol to play more in the second half of the season, even though he won't be replacing Saddiq Bey at power forward.

He is eligible for restricted free agency. He could play well enough to convince Detroit to extend a $2.7 million qualifying offer or put a more expansive deal on the table.

The Pistons have a quick out if Bol's change of scenery does little to ignite his career.