HOUSTON — The three-team trade that sent Emmanuel Mudiay to the New York Knicks, Devin Harris to the Denver Nuggets and Doug McDermott to the Dallas Mavericks became official Thursday evening, but Harris won’t be with the team when Denver takes on the Rockets on Friday in Houston.

Harris will meet the Nuggets in Phoenix on Saturday — the second night of their weekend back-to-back — and Denver was still unsure as of Friday morning if he’ll be in uniform. Physicals for all three players involved in the deal still have to be processed.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone can’t wait for Harris to arrive. With 28 regular-season games and the Western Conference playoff picture packed tighter than ever, every game down the stretch of Denver’s season will feel like a playoff game as teams jostle for positioning.

Denver (29-25) is currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference but seeds four through eight are separated by just four games.

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Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. Hear him every day on the DNVR Nuggets Podcast. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind