According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Denver Nuggets are making another trade, this time with the Indiana Pacers.

Denver is acquiring the 29th and 32nd overall selections in tomorrow’s 2023 NBA Draft, sending the Pacers a 2024 first round pick and the 40th overall selection in return.

After making a move during the NBA Finals to acquire an extra 2024 first round pick via the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Nuggets now have three draft picks to make tomorrow: 29th overall, 32nd overall, and 37th overall.

Denver could potentially add three young players to a roster that will see plenty of turnover in the coming weeks with several veterans slated to be free agents. Bruce Brown, who just declined his player option, is slated to hit free agency on July 1st. Brown joins Jeff Green, Reggie Jackson, Thomas Bryant, DeAndre Jordan, and Ish Smith as unrestricted free agents, and the Nuggets will have a limited amount of money to offer those players to return.

As a result, Denver’s finding ways to add some cheaper contributors to the overall roster makeup, and the cheapest options are rookie scale draft picks.

How the Nuggets handle the draft will be interesting. They could simply select three players and add them to the roster. They could also continue making trades, packaging those picks together along with a veteran like Zeke Nnaji to move up higher in the draft for a player they think could contribute immediately. Denver had success with Christian Braun, who was readymade to be a contributor to Denver’s playoff rotation after a year of seasoning.

The Nuggets also have Peyton Watson on the roster, the 30th overall selection in last year’s draft. They will look to develop him into a rotation player in the coming months. Adding too many young players beyond Watson could make it difficult for Michael Malone and the Nuggets coaching staff to trust too many players in a playoff capacity, but that’s the unfortunate price of becoming an expensive team.

Still, there are plenty of players in the 2023 Draft class that have a chance to play immediately, especially players in the range of Denver’s three selections. Whether it’s Gonzaga’s Julian Strawther, Arkansas’ Jordan Walsh, UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez, or somebody else, the Nuggets will look at every option they can. Denver now has multiple ways to add a dynamic contributor or two to their roster.

However general manager Calvin Booth decides to bolster the championship roster, he deserves the benefit of the doubt. The Nuggets had a perfect formula last year, adding veterans, wing defenders, and experience to get themselves over the championship hump. Now, if the right call is to add younger talent to get through another regular season, then that’s the right call. Booth will do what’s best for the team.