The Denver Nuggets have agreed to terms with Evan Fournier whom they selected with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Following the draft Masai Ujiri spoke of how the Fournier appealed to the Nuggets as a player they could stash overseas for a year or two. The fact that they signed him brings a few interesting things to light.
Fournier must have impressed them in his limited time with the team. Knowing that Fournier could not force the Nuggets to sign him and also knowing the Nuggets have a full roster it made perfect sense for Denver to have Fournier at least finish out the final season of his contract with his French team, Poitiers. I can only draw the conclusion that they believe he can help the team sooner rather than later, or they did not like his situation with Poitiers and were worried he would develop bad habits or not receive quality instruction.
Once the Nuggets resign JaVale McGee, the roster will hit the 15 player limit and that is without second round pick Quincy Miller. There are again a few options. They can amnesty a player to open up a roster spot. That would be a major move for Denver as they have never been interested in paying a player multiple seasons to not be on the team. Julyan Stone has a non guaranteed contract and could be waived in order to make room for Quincy Miller, or someone else. Denver has always had three point guards on the roster under George Karl so that seems unlikely, but it certainly may signal Stone needs to show progress in summer league. Timofey Mozgov also has an non guaranteed contract and could be waived, but I doubt the Nuggets cut lose such a solid asset just to keep Fournier out of France.
Miller himself has options. He can sit out a year and become a free agent, or he can play internationally, or in the D-League. The Nuggets would retain his rights up to one year after his contract expires.
There is always the possibility of a trade that would reduce the number of warm bodies on the roster.
We knew the Nuggets were dealing with a full house and that is why it was so shocking to see them sign Fournier. Plus the timing is surprising as they did not have to sign him so soon. Obviously the Nuggets have a plan, I cannot wait to see what it is.
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