Nuggets trade Bol Bol to Detroit

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The Detroit Pistons are acquiring 7-foot-2 Bol Bol in a trade with the Denver Nuggets, sources told ESPN on Sunday. Detroit will send Rodney McGruder and a 2022 second-round pick via the Brooklyn Nets for Bol, sources said. Bol, 22, has shown flashes of promise with Denver, but has never found traction in a deep and talented Nuggets frontcourt. Detroit will give Bol an opportunity to get more consistent minutes as it continues to gather up young talent as part of its rebuild.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Michael Singer @msinger
Have to wonder to what degree Bol Bol’s game against HOU (career-high 11 points in 20 minutes) on New Year’s Day played in piquing Detroit’s interest. That was only the 2nd time all season he’s reached double-digits in minutes.
In last 3 seasons, Bol played 328 total minutes. – 3:39 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Excited for Bol Bol to get a change of scenery and (hopefully) a chance to play.
Great news that DEN got McGruder and a 2nd for him instead of giving up assets to shed his salary.
Glad Davon Reed will get a chance to stick with the team for the season. – 3:32 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I still think Bol Bol can be a very poor man’s Myles Turner. Put him next to a strong five that can handle the banging on D and screening on offense. Let Bol float and block shots on D and space the floor and dive to the rim on offense. There’s a player in there, I think. – 3:30 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Lots of moving parts with Bol Bol leaving, Rodney McGruder coming, Davon Reed sticking, Petr Cornelie going and DeMarcus Cousins likely landing.
For now, the #Nuggets have no intention of cutting McGruder, who has fans in the organization, source says.
denverpost.com/2022/01/09/bol…3:29 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on the Pistons trading for Nuggets’ Bol Bol: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…3:21 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
I really like this trade for the Pistons. Bol Bol fills a need and is the exact type of player they should be taking swings on. He’s a restricted free agent this summer, so he has three months to prove he’s a piece they can build around. – 3:20 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
It’s trade SZN. The Pistons sent Rodney McGruder and a 2022 2nd round pick to Denver for Bol Bol. Here are the details. freep.com/story/sports/n…3:09 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Detroit Pistons to trade with Denver Nuggets for Bol Bol
sportando.basketball/en/detroit-pis…3:04 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Much like DSJ last year, Bol Bol comes to Detroit with more than a half of a season to audition before hitting restricted free agency. – 2:56 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Can’t help but think about Nuggets fans chanting “BOL BOL” with Denver up 18 against Sacramento in the early fourth quarter a couple days ago. – 2:49 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Confirmed that the #Pistons are getting Bol Bol from the #Nuggets for Rodney McGruder and a 2022 second-round pick via Brooklyn. – 2:48 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Bol Bol is on an expiring contact and his salary is $2.2M this season. There is some upside in a 7-foot-2 (listed as a forward) for them. – 2:38 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Can confirm that the Pistons are close to a deal with the Nuggets to acquire Bol Bol. McGruder and a future second-round pick would be going back to Denver. – 2:35 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Can confirm the Pistons are sending Rodney McGruder and a future second round pick to the Nuggets for Bol Bol. @Adrian Wojnarowski was first – 2:35 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
#NBATwitter has always liked Bol Bol WAY more than the Denver Nuggets have liked Bol Bol. Myself included in there. – 2:32 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Bol Bol is a perfect flyer for the Pistons. They get a look at almost no cost at all.
I bet Denver waives McGruder in order to open a roster spot for Davon Reed. – 2:28 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Detroit Pistons are finalizing a deal to acquire l Denver Nuggets’ F Bol Bol for Rodney McGruder and a future second-round pick, sources tell ESPN. – 2:27 PM

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Ryan Blackburn: Alrighty, well this was just sent to me. -via Twitter @NBABlackburn / October 27, 2021

Bol, the son of late NBA legend Manute Bol, has since “unliked” the tweet. -via Larry Brown Sports / October 27, 2021