The Denver Post is reporting the Indiana Pacers have come to a contract agreement with Dahntay Jones on a four year, $11 million deal.
All I can say to that is congratulations Dahntay. There is no way I would have given him that much money or that many years.
With J.R. Smith and Sonny Weems Denver has plenty of offensive firepower at shooting guard, but neither one is a defensive specialist. Smith has made tremendous improvement on defense over the previous two seasons, but he still has a way to go, primarily in the are of providing consistent focus from play to play.
What the Nuggets do from here depends on how confident they are that J.R. can continue to improve his defense and whether or not they trust Weems to contribute in his second season.
If Denver has doubts about one or both of those issues they will have to bring in a legit shooting guard who can defend. Players like Keith Bogans, Ime Udoka and perhaps Marquis Daniels, who may be out of the picture in Indiana with Jones now on board, are decent possibilities.
One player I would love to see come to Denver is Aaron Afflalo from Detroit. He is not a free agent, but with the addition of Ben Gordon there is not going to be many minutes available for him to get on the court. Afflalo can defend very well and increased his three point shooting to 40.2% last season.
On the other hand, if Denver is happy with their shooting guard duo of Smith and Weems, look for them to stand pat and spend their limited amount of money elsewhere.
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