Haynes went on to say that Nuggets owner Josh Kroenke didn’t like how president of basketball operations Tim Connelly exited when Connelly left for the Timberwolves. So there potentially may be no move there “out of spite.”
“They’re looking for a veteran presence (in exchange for Hylwand),” Haynes said.
Hyland, for his part, has indicated he is not letting the trade rumors hold him back.
“I don’t care. It doesn’t bother me at all,” he told Harrison Wind of DNVR. “I don’t pay no mind to it. Whatever happens, happens. I know God’s got me. I don’t really care.”
Hyland, 22, is 6-foot-3 and averaging 12.1 points and 3.0 assists, shooting 40 percent from the field in his second NBA season, both with the Nuggets. Most across the league seem to believe he is truly on his way out in Denver.
In a new episode of #thisleague Uncut, @TheSteinLine and I discuss what we’re hearing on trade front with OG Anunoby, Bones Hyland, Dorian Finney-Smith, Matisse Thybulle, Bojan Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish, Will Barton and Jae Crowder: https://t.co/vk8yNMn8Lb
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 2, 2023