Denver Nuggets Inviting Damion James, Reginald Buckner to Training Camp
The Denver Nuggets are a team looking to capitalize off of their success in the 2012-2013 NBA season, but that will have to do so while trying to damage control from what they lost this off-season. Not only did the Nuggets lose their starting shooting guard from last season in Andre Iguodala, but they will also have to move forward with a new head coach and general manager.
Despite the challenges that the Nuggets face as the upcoming seasons near, they have a full roster and have a roster full of talent. How that talent gels remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt that it’s there. However, Denver still has to bring bodies in for their expanded training camp roster, which is what they seem to be taking care of now
According to Mark Deeks of Sham Sports, the Nuggets singed both Damion James and Reginald Buckner to deals for training camp. Deeks reports that James’ deal is fully nonguaranteed and one can assume, given that the Nuggets have 15 players on their roster before these signings, that Buckner’s deal is nonguaranteed as well.
James has played three seasons in the NBA since being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2010 draft. He has played in only 34 games over three seasons, though, and has averaged 4.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 16.9 minutes per game from the small forward position.
Buckner is an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss. In his final season with the Rebels last year he averaged 9.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.7 blocks on 58.7 percent shooting as a 6’9” power forward.
At best, it seems like James and Buckner can end up in the D-League for the upcoming season after training camp ends. However, Nuggets training camp could be a good place for these guys to get solid experience and put their names in the minds of other NBA teams.
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