It was a bittersweet day, to say the least.

From the front office to the locker room to the administrative staff, the trade that sent longtime Nuggets big man Nene to the Washington Wizards generated a wave of emotion.

On the one hand, the Nuggets were sad to part ways with a gentle giant who provided inspiration by beating testicular cancer and helped the franchise make the transition from the draft lottery to a perennial playoff team.

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