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Nuggets acquire McGee, Turiaf, draft pick from Washington

Denver sends forward Nene to Wizards as part of three-team trade

The Nuggets acquired center JaVale McGee in a three-team trade Thursday and sent forward Nene to the Washington Wizards.
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DENVER, March 15, 2012 – The Denver Nuggets have acquired C JaVale McGee, C Ronny Turiaf and a future second-round pick (from Clippers) in a three-team deal that sends C Nene, F Brian Cook and a future second-round pick (from Clippers) to Washington and G Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers, Nuggets Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.

McGee, 7-0, 252, has appeared in 41 games (40 starts) this season, averaging career-highs with 11.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 2.46 bpg in 27.4 minutes. The big man’s 2.46 blocks ranks 2nd in the NBA, while his .535 field goal percentage ranks 9th in the league.

The 24-year-old McGee has appeared in 255 career games (148 starts) over four seasons with Washington, averaging 8.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 1.84 bpg. The University of Nevada-Reno product was drafted by the Washington Wizards with the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Turiaf, 6-10, 245, has appeared in 362 games (89 starts) over seven seasons with Washington, New York, Golden State and L.A. Lakers, averaging 5.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.36 bpg. He has played four games this season, averaging 1.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.3 apg. The 29-year-old was born in the French Caribbean and attended Gonzaga before being selected in the second round (37th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft.

Nene, 6-11, 250, averaged 13.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.29 spg in 28 games (27 starts) for Denver this season. He was originally selected by the New York Knicks with the 7th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft before being dealt to Denver in a draft-night trade. Nene has appeared in 555 career games (451 starts), all for Denver, averaging 12.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.8 apg.

“Nene has been an important part of our franchise over the past 10 years and we want to thank him for everything he has done in his time here,” said Ujiri. “We wish him and his family all the best in the future.”