Nuggets’ Bol Bol trade with Detroit is off due to physical, source says

Three days after the Nuggets agreed to trade Bol Bol to Detroit, the deal is off, a league source told The Denver Post.

The Pistons had an issue with Bol’s physical and reneged on the trade, which would’ve sent Rodney McGruder and a late second-round pick to Denver.

The Nuggets announced the trade in a release on Monday.

Bol had foot surgery during his lone season at Oregon, but has largely been injury-free since joining the Nuggets in 2019. The Nuggets were taken aback by the news, a source said.

The deal, which would’ve added a veteran wing to the Nuggets’ rotation in McGruder, instead sends Bol back to Denver, where he’d struggled to find any consistent playing time.

In Detroit, Bol would’ve had a larger role, with more opportunity to develop alongside the rebuilding Pistons.

McGruder joined the Nuggets this week and even participated in shootaround ahead of Tuesday’s loss to the Clippers. He never got in the game.

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