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Sonny Weems acquired for second-rounder


In the trade, Denver got Weems from Chicago, and Chicago got the rights to Omer Asik, drafted by Portland at No. 36. And then Portland received second-round picks from Denver in 2009 and New York in 2009 (owned by Chicago), plus Chicago's second-rounder in 2010.

Last season, the 6-foot-6 Weems, 21, averaged 15.6 points, making first team all-Southeastern Conference.

"He can fit in the NBA as an energy guy," Nuggets vice president of basketball operations Mark Warkentien said.

As the Nuggets watched Thursday's draft unfold, a player they had ranked in the late teens still was available in the second round. And so, Denver couldn't resist. After the Bulls selected Sonny Weems 39th overall, the Nuggets acquired the Arkansas swingman for a 2009 second-round pick in a three-team trade.

"We feel very fortunate to get him where we did," Denver's vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman said.

The Nuggets have scouted Weems for years and most recently saw him at workouts in Orlando, Fla., and Oakland, Calif.

And while it's not necessarily a decision-making trait, Weems can fly. Weems won the NCAA's 2008 dunk contest during the Final Four weekend.

Arguably, his best dunk was from his sophomore year at Fort Smith Junior College. He came down the right side of the court and leaped into the air with the ball in his right hand actually higher than the rim. Underneath him was a helpless defender, thrust to the floor by a dunking Weems' chest.

That dunk is on youtube.com under "Sonny on ESPN top 10 plays."

"I think he and J.R. Smith might have a nice dunk contest or two," Chapman said. "He's a world-class athlete."


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