Noah Vonleh’s NBA adventure abruptly changed course once again this week.
The one-and-done former IU star was traded to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday as part of a four-team deal including the Timberwolves, Hawks and Rockets. Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reported the news.
Robert Covington will head to Houston and Clint Capela will go to Atlanta as the headliners of the trade, with at least nine other players and draft picks involved as well.
In a reserve role, Vonleh averaged 4.1 points and 4.0 rebounds over 12.0 minutes with the Timberwolves in 29 games. He had not seen any game action since Jan. 15 with Minnesota.
Denver will be Vonleh’s sixth different team in six NBA seasons, and the 6-foot-10 forward will be looking for a better opportunity to build off of what was a promising 2018-19 season.
Vonleh had his best season last year with the the Knicks, where he started 57 of 68 games. The 2018-19 season in New York was a breakout campaign as the former Hoosier put up 8.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 25.3 minutes of action per contest.
Vonleh put up career bests in minutes, points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game for the 2018-19 campaign.
While the 2013-14 season wasn’t a memorable year for the IU program, Vonleh certainly made his mark in Bloomington.
He averaged 11.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 52% from the field overall and 48.5% from distance.
Vonleh won the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2014, and won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week seven times along the way. He finished the year with 10 double-doubles and finished third nationally in rebounds per game by a freshman.
His three-point field goal percentage during his freshman campaign was the best in the country for players with more than 30 attempts.
For his NBA career the 24 year old Vonleh is averaging 5.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 45.9 percent in 17.2 minutes per contest.
Vonleh signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Minnesota in July. He was drafted ninth overall by Charlotte in 2014.
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