Wizards acquire Nuggets' Nene

Updated: March 16, 2012, 3:27 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- George Karl was sad to see his big man traded away for more reasons than just his contribution on the court.

Nene also helped the Denver Nuggets' coach through his battle with cancer two years ago.

"There's a connection there that I hope I will always have with him," Karl said.

The Nuggets sent the talented yet often-injured Nene to Washington in a three-team deal Thursday, with the Wizards shipping JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to Denver and Nick Young to the ...

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