The Denver Nuggets, unsuccessful in an attempt to trade Bol Bol last week, reportedly are trying again in a three-team deal that would bring back Bryn Forbes from the San Antonio Spurs.
According to multiple media reports Tuesday night, the Nuggets are shipping injured players Bol and P.J. Dozier to the Boston Celtics, who in turn are sending Juancho Hernangomez to San Antonio. The Spurs will receive Denver's 2028 second-round pick.
The two players headed to Boston might never appear in a Celtics uniform. Bol had foot surgery on Tuesday, the Nuggets announced, knocking him out for three months before he becomes a restricted free agent in the offseason. Dozier, a pending unrestricted free agent, underwent season-ending surgery last month to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament.
ESPN reported that the trade would allow the Celtics to shave $4.3 million off their wage bill.
Forbes, 28, earned a championship ring last season with the Milwaukee Bucks before returning this season to the Spurs, the club for which he played his first four NBA campaigns. He is averaging 9.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and one assist per game in 40 outings (one start) in 2021-22.
Hernangomez, 26, has contributed 1.1 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 18 contests off the Boston bench this season. In a six-year career that included stints with Denver and the Minnesota Timberwolves, he has averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 275 games (57 starts).
Dozier, 25, was putting up 5.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for the Nuggets this season, while Bol, 22, was at 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds.
A prior proposed trade that would have sent Bol to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Rodney McGruder and a second-round pick was canceled last week when Bol failed his physical.
--Field Level Media