Nuggets trade draft picks with Oklahoma City in effort to move up in 2023 draft, source says

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Even with his team currently in the NBA Finals, Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth continues to look for ways to improve his team.

On Friday, the Nuggets acquired a 2024 first-round pick, the 37th pick in this year’s draft and a 2024 second-round pick from Oklahoma City in exchange for a protected 2029 first-round pick, a league source confirmed to The Denver Post.

With the 2024 first-round pick, the Nuggets are likely to explore moving up in this year’s draft, the source said. They now have two first-rounders in that draft — their own and the one acquired Friday — as well as one second-round pick.

The Nuggets currently do not have a pick in this year’s first round and have also traded away the rights to their first-round selections in the 2025, ’27 and ’29 drafts, with protections on each.

Currently in their first NBA Finals, the Nuggets are trying to maximize their window around Nikola Jokic and sought to acquire as many immediate assets as possible.