The NBA Draft is a distant memory, summer league has come and gone and the swirling dust of free agency is finally settling. The Denver Nuggets‘ roster appears to be set, with the league maximum number of 15 players signed to deals. Technically the Nuggets could refuse to pick up Quincy Miller’s team option until the first game of the season, but he is a low-cost, high-ceiling guy, so I would be surprised if they didn’t.
By most accounts, the Nuggets have put together an incredibly deep roster, with three legitimate players at every position, but they also lack the star power that the modern NBA revolves around.
Nuggets GM Tim Connelly has continually assured fans that he has every intent to be aggressive this offseason, and while there have been several small flurries of activity, there has yet to be the impactful move many fans had hoped for. I still think we will see one major move before the start of the season that could substantially alter the composition of this team.
The Nuggets are still a dark horse to become involved as a third team in the Kevin Love trade. They have been been included in rumors surrounding Ricky Rubio either in the wake of, or prior to, the Love deal. There is also potential that the Indiana Pacers may look to shake up their core given the recent Paul George injury and the disabled player exception they are allowed under league rules.
Look for Connelly to involve the Nuggets in any and all trade discussions going forward. His actions tell me that he isn’t satisfied with this team as constituted and is constantly looking to shake things up. If we don’t see a move by opening night and the Nuggets start slowly, we will certainly see a move by the trade deadline.
There is no way that Connelly stands pat given the wealth of depth he has to work with. It is like every GM’s fantasy. This is his best opportunity to make a move that will ultimately define his legacy.