Nuggets guard Bones Hyland would be open to a trade that allows him to secure a larger role on a new team, Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report stated during Tuesday night’s broadcast of the Pelicans/Nuggets game in Denver (Twitter video link).
While Haynes’ info is new, it lines up with what we’ve heard during the last week from other reporters. Jake Fischer said last Friday that “occasional clashes” between Hyland and Nuggets head coach Michael Malone were a factor in Denver’s willingness to gauge his trade market, while Marc Stein alluded this week to “tensions” about the second-year guard’s playing time.
Hyland averaged 19.0 minutes per game during his rookie season in 2021/22 and has played a similar role in year two, logging 19.5 MPG so far in ’22/23. He’s tied for seventh among Nuggets players in minutes per game, but is one of the team’s top five scorers with 12.1 PPG.
Here’s more from around the Northwest:
- In a conversation with Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic, Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon spoke about the importance of continuity in Denver, his experience playing alongside Nikola Jokic, and the odds of earning his first All-Star nod. “It would mean a lot to me,” Gordon said of the All-Star possibility. “I hope I make it.”
- There’s still no set return timeline for injured Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns, who remains out indefinitely due to his calf injury, president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said on Tuesday during a radio appearance on KFAN 100.3 (Twitter link via Dane Moore). However, the team’s “full expectation” is that Towns will return at some point this season, Connelly added.
- After resetting their roster last season with a series of major trades, the Trail Blazers – tied for 11th in the West with a 24-26 record – seem to be back in no-man’s land, writes Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. O’Connor considers what moves Portland can make around star point guard Damian Lillard to become a contender, arguing that center Jusuf Nurkic is a weak link and that the team should be open to the idea of moving any of Anfernee Simons, Josh Hart, and Shaedon Sharpe if the return is right.
4 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Hyland, Gordon, Towns, Blazers”
Could the Knicks be a landing spot for Josh Hart? A tough guy, who is 27, can play (some) defense and can shoot (some) threes, in addition to being buddies with Jalen Brunson from their Villanova days. Not sure what he would cost, given that he has a player option that can send him to open market after the season, but he seems like he would be a fit in Thibs-world.
Not to mention Hart is a fantasy rebounder
I’d always want a guy like Hart on my team. But he doesn’t have starter skills, and his contract means he’ll almost have to be a UFA this offseason. He’d fit into the culture, more than he’d add on the court, but I could still see NYK pursuing him as a FA for the MLE in the summer.
Randle, Hartenstein, and IQ for Nurkic, Hart, and Simons