Randy Foye garnering interest at trade deadline

The NBA trade deadline is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. MST, and the Denver Nuggets may be hearing offers for veteran guard Randy Foye, according to an Adrian Wojnarowski report.

Foye, who came to Denver before the 2013-14 season, has been a surprisingly key factor for the Nuggets, filling in while Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay have dealt with injuries. Still, both his scoring (6 points/game) and minutes (20 minutes/game) are significantly down from his career averages (11 points in 26.6 minutes).

He will become a free agent at the end of this season, if not re-signed by Denver.

The former Villanova Wildcat may not have the sexiest numbers, but his contributions to the team run much deeper than putting points on the scoreboard. Foye has povided a veteran presence for a Nuggets team loaded with young stars, including Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic.

But the nine-year veteran has also shown he can still contribute when his team needs him. When injuries forced Foye off the bench and onto the floor as a starter this past December, he responded by scoring a team-high 19 points in a 112-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. A week later, Foye dropped 31 as the Nuggets dispatched the Phoenix Suns.

The wily vet also can come through when it matters most. Check out his crazy buzzer-beater against the LA Clippers from two years ago:

All nostalgia aside, a veteran presence with sporadic scoring abilities normally would not provide much return in a trade.

However, with eight teams within five games of the final playoff birth between the two conferences, it is a sellers market, and Foye may never have more trade value to the Nuggets than he does now.

Denver may be open to trading Foye, but the price would have to be right.

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