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Nuggets trade for center JaVale McGee, report says

After previously being acquired for Nenê, McGee played for the Nuggets from 2012 to 2015.
Credit: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Cleveland Cavaliers center JaVale McGee against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.

DENVER — Denver Nuggets have made a move before Thursday's trade deadline.

The Nuggets are acquiring Cleveland Cavaliers center JaVale McGee for Isaiah Hartenstein and two future protected second-round picks, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

McGee, 33, previously played for the Nuggets from 2012 to 2015. He joined Denver in a trade with Washington for Nenê in 2012.

McGee, a three-time NBA champion, was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Cavaliers in November 2020. He's also played for Washington, Philadelphia, Golden State and Dallas.

The NBA's trade deadline is Thursday at 1 p.m. MT.

RELATED: Nuggets acquire Magic forward Aaron Gordon in blockbuster trade, report says

A second Nuggets trade also occurred Thursday.

The Nuggets are sending shooting guard Gary Harris, small forward R.J. Hampton and a first-round pick in exchange for the power forward, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Gordon is playing his eighth season in the NBA after being drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona.

In adding Gordon, the Nuggets are hoping he will add a high-flying presence next to All-Pro center Nikola Jokic on the offensive end, and a versatile defender who can guard the likes of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard on the other end of the floor.

Credit: AP Photo/Tony Dejak
Cleveland Cavaliers' JaVale McGee drivers against Houston Rockets' Justin Patton in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Cleveland.

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