By Court Zierk @courtzierk on July 2, 2014
The Nuggets appear to be satisfied being a borderline playoff team, and are sending a clear message to the fans that they should be satisfied too. I have already resigned the thought that they might be involved in any major offseason dealings, so these are the best moves they can make without appearing like they actually want to win a championship. These five things will make them a middle-of-the-pack team in the Western Conference playoff race.
Masai Ujiri hamstrung the Nuggets' organization with McGee’s contract, and he has yet to prove he was even worth a quarter of the money he received. Between injuries and George Karl’s refusal to play him, he hasn’t really had much of an opportunity either. Brian Shaw needs to go all in with McGee this year to see if he can be half the player they thought they were getting.
The Nuggets wasted -- er -- I mean used their 16th pick on a completely unknown commodity in Nurkic. They need to get him over and integrated with the team as quickly as possible. Draft and stash only works when you have an organization that is consistently competitive. Nurkic needs to be a part of this team this year and get some of the unavoidable growing pains out of the way.
The Nuggets made another questionable decision with the 19th pick when they selected Gary Harris. It has nothing to do with Harris as a player and everything to do with the fact that they already have two Gary Harrises on the roster in Arron Afflalo and Randy Foye. They need to find a way to get rid of some of their depth at this position and bring in some players to help in other areas. Otherwise, it will only stunt Harris’ growth.
Again, the Nuggets have too many of the same type of player at point guard. I like Nate Robinson on the roster. He brings some energy off the bench, and can stretch the floor, but his game is too similar to Ty Lawson’s. Someone like Devin Harris or D.J. Augustin could fill the void. The Nuggets would have to get creative in order to sign someone since they are right up against the cap.
I was in favor of packaging Faried with some of our other core talent to land a big-name player, but that ship has obviously sailed. If the Nuggets aren’t going to move him, they need to lock him up before he becomes a restricted free agent after the season. No need to go through all the drama if Faried wants to be here, and the front office is convinced that he is a piece they can build around.
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