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Who wins the Detroit Pistons-Denver Nuggets deal for Bol Bol?


Can Bol Bol help the Detroit Pistons in a larger role than he has played over the first two-plus seasons of his career with the Denver Nuggets?

The son of longtime NBA player Manute Bol has played just 328 minutes thus far with the Nuggets, who drafted him in the second round in 2019 after his stunning fall down draft boards. Yet Bol’s combination of perimeter skills on offense with 7-foot-2 size and ability to protect the rim has tantalized on occasions when he has gotten an opportunity.

Now, a trade to Detroit, reported Sunday by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, should give Bol more opportunity to translate his potential into production. In return, Denver will get journeyman wing Rodney McGruder and a second-round pick likely to fall late in this year’s draft.

What kind of role can we expect for Bol, 22, in Detroit, and how might he perform based on the limited amount we’ve seen from him so far? How could the Nuggets benefit from making this move? Let’s break down the implications of the trade.


The deal

Pistons get: Bol Bol

Nuggets get: Rodney McGruder, 2022 second-round pick (via Brooklyn)

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