the Cubs infamously shipped LeMahieu to Colorado in exchange for Ian Stewart

For some NBA fans, the Nuggets are potentially surprise contenders in the Blake Griffin sweepstakes. After a potential three-team trade with the Cavaliers and Pacers that would’ve sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets failed to materialize, Denver is reportedly targeting Griffin. He would add another double-double threat to the Nuggets’ frontcourt alongside center Nikola Jokic, who is coming off a season in which he averaged 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

In order to keep up with the arm’s race that is currently taking place in the NBA, Denver needs to add another star to its roster, and free agency might be the best avenue to do so without having to lose one of its young guards — Gary Harris, Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray — or future first-round picks in a trade. After going 40-42 last season, finishing ninth in the Western Conference and one game out of eighth, Denver would boost its chances to get over the hump and safely into the playoffs with the addition of Griffin.

In December 2011, the Cubs infamously shipped LeMahieu to Colorado in exchange for Ian Stewart, who spent more time tweeting than playing in a Cubs uniform. Often cited as a rare swing-and-miss for the Cubs front office, LeMahieu has gone on to make a name for himself in Denver.

The Rockies second baseman said the trade caught him Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys off guard mostly because he saw himself as a piece of the Cubs’ future.

But LaMahieu, a second-round selection by the Cubs in 2009, had only a brief opportunity in 2011 to show the Cubs what he was capable of, spending most Cheap NFL Jerseys China of June in Chicago before returning to the minors for two months ahead of a roster-expansion callup in September. In that time, his slash line of .250/.262/.283 didn’t wow the new front office, so he was trade fodder come winter.

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