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Update: Nuggets-Pistons Trade For Bol Bol and Rodney McGruder Voided

The Denver Nuggets plan to trade Bol Bol to the Detroit Pistons for Rodney McGruder and a second draft pick was voided Tuesday per ESPN’s top insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nuggets-Pistons trade is off due to Bol Bol failing the Pistons physical according to multiple reports. Had Bol been successfully moved, it would have given the seven-footer a chance to get on the court and fill the Pistons’ need for size and length while they wait for the return of Kelly Olynyk, who is still out indefinitely after suffering a sprained left knee sprain in November.

The transaction was originally reported on Monday.

At one time, Bol Bol, who is the son of the late NBA player Manute Bol, was the 44th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Nuggets and filled with potential and a game full of intrigue. Despite being a fan favorite, he has not cracked the rotation for any consistent minutes. This season, Bol appeared in only 15 games with averages of only 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds.

Bol’s most significant contributions were in the G-League with the Windy City Bulls, where he averaged 12.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks last season.

With Bol becoming a restricted free agent this summer and with the recent signing of DeMarcus Cousins, the team decided to invest in McGruder, who provides some extra depth in the backcourt to buy more time until Jamal Murray returns from a torn ACL. McGruder is averaging 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds this season.

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