Sources: Spurs’ Forbes to Nuggets in 3-team deal

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The Denver Nuggets are acquiring San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in a three-way deal with the Boston Celtics, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night.

The Nuggets will send Bol Bol and P.J. Dozier to the Celtics, and the Spurs will acquire Boston forward Juancho Hernangomez and Denver’s 2028 second-round pick, sources said.

The Nuggets are hopeful Forbes can improve their 3-point shooting. Forbes ranks third in 3-point field goal percentage over the past four NBA seasons among players with more than 1,000 attempts, trailing only Brooklyn’s Joe Harris and Philadelphia’s Seth Curry, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The Celtics will save approximately $4.3 million in salary on the deal, which will help them avoid the luxury tax. Dozier is lost for the season to an ACL tear, and Bol underwent foot surgery on Tuesday that’s expected to sideline him for three months. Dozier is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Bol will be a restricted free agent.

Boston has no immediate plans to waive Dozier or Bol, certainly not before the Feb. 10 trade deadline, sources said. Bol, who failed a physical with the Pistons last week, voiding a trade with Denver, could return this season. Both Bol’s and Dozier’s Bird Rights could be useful for the Celtics this summer.

Hernangomez, 26, has played sparingly since arriving to the Celtics in the offseason, averaging 1.1 points in five minutes per game.

Forbes played his first four NBA seasons with the Spurs before winning a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2020-21. He signed back with the Spurs in free agency in August.

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