Denver Nuggets sign J.J. Hickson to 3-year, $15 million deal

While Nuggets fans were wondering who the team would go out and sign in free agency, the new front office decided to drop a massive bomb. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets have signed J.J. Hickson to a 3-year, $15 million deal.

This signing doesn’t really make much sense and looks like a desperation move more than anything. Denver missed out on pretty much every valuable free agent and clearly felt like signing someone was necessary. But instead of addressing the lack of depth in the backcourt or a much-needed defensive-minded big, Tim Connelly and Co. went out and got Hickson.

With Andre Iguodala leaving, it seemed the Nuggets would allow their young players a lot of minutes to actually develop, which makes this signing all the more puzzling.

Even if the Nuggets are willing to move a player in the frontcourt, Hickson is not the kind of replacement you want for a franchise that aspires to be a championship contender some day.

What do you think about the signing?

  • herpderpnuggets

    I would much rather have him than mozgov backing mcgee up, but i think vytis makes a good point, it doesnt really help out with the SG situation. Management could be making a move soon (trade possibly) to fix that

  • DeShon Gray

    Looks like a big man line up of Mcgee, Faried, JJ, Arthur and Randolf they are saying bye to MOZ, still is stupid considering we need a 2 guard thats a shooter floor spacer. JJ has the best post game of them all and I can only think that he will be the starter next to mcgee. Faried off the bench. I can only hope they get Nick Young and get rid of miller with what little cap room they now have.

    • herpderpnuggets

      i think the nuggs are gonna make a trade soon, if not its just ridiculous.

  • Jay Crynes

    UUUUUUUUUUGH!

  • eddi0

    Double-double machine last year but he’s basically a somewhat taller Faried which means he’s a hustler who plays little to no defense. Beginning to think the new upper management wants to try to outscore teams vs play fundamentally sound defense again ala George Karl. Like the price tag but kind of makes you wonder if there was a reason Portland didn’t retain him.

    • herpderpnuggets

      with shaw i think the defense will change, and he definitely has a better post up/ mid range than faried

      • DeShon Gray

        hes always played the 5 which makes him undermanned a lot of times, next to mcgee he wont have that pressure of defending bigger Cs.

      • eddi0

        Agree Herp but with now 4 certifiable PF’s he is quite redundant unless we are shipping off one or more of the other PF’S. if memory serves Hickson and Arthur are not eligible to be traded until December so Faried and/or Randolph might be on the way out.

  • Jazz

    I have no idea other then maybe there is a trade about to happen that we are not aware of. But, this is ……. oh well. Go Nuggets!!!!!!!!

  • Darius

    Ummmmmm…….How does this help in any way? Now we have 4 PF’s on the depth chart?! I really hope this means a trade is on the way.

  • LBJ

    I like his game, but unless we have another deal lined up, I don’t see how he fits. I’m assuming this means we are letting Mozzie walk and JJ will be the backup post. Not sure how this works with the KK trade either.

    • DeShon Gray

      I see it as JJ starting gets 25+ mins, Faried 6th man with 30 mins, Randolf backs up w/ 15 mins mcgee 30 mins and Arthur as the spacer for a combo with Mcgee or Randolf. Hell get 10-15 mins.

      • herpderpnuggets

        but why wouldnt mcgee start? isnt that what everything leading up to now meant?

        • DeShon Gray

          see above lol

          • herpderpnuggets

            my bad starting at 4…i feel stupid

  • Duane Grasmick

    Definitely believe this means Mozgov is headed to Russia, which isn’t a horrible thing. I like the signing because it gives the team a much more versatile frontcourt than stone-handed Koufas and Mozgov.

    Believe that this shows Shaw is gonna want to run more pick and roll, pick and pop and needs guys who can hit the 15-foot jumper like Arthur and Hickson. Definately puts some pressure on Faried to develop that part of his game as well.

  • Patrick

    I like Hickson. I think they got him and Mozgov will be off to Russia. Only problem is that Hickson is only 6’9″ and can’t really play center too well. So now there is a logjam at PF with Arthur, Hickson, Faried and Randolph with no real back up center. This also means that there will be no cap room to get a SG so a trade has to be in order. I don’t think that any management could be THAT dumb to not try to execute a trade for a glaring need

  • Tonia01

    I like JJ Hickson, is bigger and more skilled than Faried. It is clear that a trade is coming for a serious starting 2 guard (Gordon ???). I guess Faried + Grandpa Miller will go, probably Randolph as well. If my assumption is right would not be that bad.

    • DeShon Gray

      I dont think they will get rid of Randolph depending on who they trade for.

      • Tonia01

        It depends, if Mozgov is back we have two centers and two real PF (Arthur and Hickson) then I think there is no place for Faried and Randolph.

    • Darius

      Plus I don’t see why we would trade Faried…almost untouchable with how much potential he has

    • LBJ

      I suspect you may right on – Faried and Miller for Gordon (and his bloated contract). I’m not real excited.

  • heykyleinsf

    AWESOME.
    Come on people. You said that not taking a first rounder was good
    because it was a weak draft and we needed money for Iggy.
    Our strength and depth is at guard. I would like to sign Brewer
    and make him the starter across Ty. We need this guy.
    He’s only 24. He has great moves to the hoop, 6’9″ 242..
    incredible athlete. His career trajectory has been solid.
    He averaged 10 boards a game. We’re suddenly stacked
    at PF! GREAT JOB FRONT OFFICE!
    You guys crying in your beer for Iggy and Ujiri jeeeeeesh.
    MOVE ON. It was Iggy’s idea, not the front office.
    and look at this film of him putting 29 on the Clippers.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi9AHvhUh9Q
    AWESOME.

    • Darius

      I like your positivity, but disagree about this signing

    • nynuggets

      I disagree about the need for Brewer but I like the signing as well. Solid 4s who can shoot can space the floor as much as a trigger happy 2. I think Woody Paige’s column today about the nuggets chasing 2 other good role players is coming true. Who’s next?

      • heykyleinsf

        IDK about you.. but I say reward Brewer and recognize him. I love him. Why not move him to starting SG? People totally spaced out how he was absolutely integral in that streak and came in to launch a ton of in game comebacks, not to mention that super cool customer work of hitting 3 FT with no time left and stealing it from the 76ers. You would think Iggy could have helped us in that game with a little as he said “Motivation”. Iggy’s stats from the two games vs Sixers last year averaged 11 points 4 assists 4 rebounds.. oooohh motivation!!

  • DeShon Gray

    Everyone should love this move, I heard a lot of people say lets go after Landry but no one recognized JJ. He is a Double Double player better stats and offensive skill and He signed for 5 mill a year basically, while landry signed with the Kings for 4 yr 27 at 6.5 a year Landry is 29, JJ is 24! We got a steal! Connelly out doing D’asandro

    • EWilson

      I think it’s a sound move IF they make a trade to get a SG. It’s certainly a good move if it prevents them from spending money on Monta Ellis, who isn’t the answer at SG.

    • MacKenzie Pantoja

      C’mon man. None of those stats account for defensive instincts. Hickson’s are very bad, but still better than McGee. He’s a quality backup center, an above average one, but nothing more

      • disqus_dqCdNE3KZO

        he doesnt want to play C, he plays alright D, look at portland do you think anyone over there plays D lol and if hes d’n up on PF rather than C hes going to be better too? He signed here cause he thinks Shaw will help his game.

        • googergieger

          Batum and Matthews are really great and good defenders respectively.

          • EWilson

            I still think defense can be taught. No one thought Koufos was much of a defender when Denver got him for 2nd round pick. (Did anyone even NOTICE when the Nuggets picked him up?) Yet, he developed and learned his craft and made himself a credible defender with hard work, even though he’s not the most athletic of guys.

            I think we need to give Shaw some time with these guys. If he makes playing time contingent on defensive effort, there will be improvement because guys will want to get on the floor.

          • MacKenzie Pantoja

            Matthews yes, Batum no. He competes but he’s barely bulkier than K-Mart/C-Brew, and is just embarrassed in the post. Last four years, Portland has been, on average, 2.8 points per 100 possessions worse with him on the floor defensively, and he hasn’t had any positive figures in those years. He nearly broke even this year at -.6, but he’s a negative player overall defensively

            • googergieger

              Makes sense. I never thought he could be a good defender. Same reason I say Durant can’t be. You just hear announcers and shit always say he is a great defender, and cause I couldn’t be arsed to care enough to argue, I just accepted it. This is why in general I always ignore what they have to say. Same people that said Gallo is a poor defender and all.

              • MacKenzie Pantoja

                Actually, Durant is neutral. His freakishly long arms coupled with solid strength for his size and good athleticism. Pretty good on ball defender. However, he can be bullied in the post when he’s playing the small ball 4, and he has Faried like defensive instincts playing the small ball 4

              • googergieger

                Na, he just isn’t called for fouls. He doesn’t move his feet well. He isn’t disciplined. He never defends with his body. He is decent in regards to synergy, but again he just isn’t called for fouls. He has long arms, but I’ve never seen him defend decently an entire game.

              • MacKenzie Pantoja

                I’ve always felt that a lot of people have the urge to describe players in extreme terms, especially on defense, and especially with stars. The last couple years, the Thunder have been, on average, 1 point worse defensively with him on the floor. As shocking as it may sound, defensively, the guy is neutral.

              • googergieger

                Yeah he is neutral despite not being called for fouls. Again watch him on tape or in games, nothing he does is ever sound defense. It’s just reaching in and it not being called at best.

              • MacKenzie Pantoja

                Of course, Gallo is quite excellent, and no one on the planet really gives him credit for it

  • googergieger

    Mozgov probably is going to the Russian team or another NBA team then. Either that or Faried and someone else is going to get moved for someone big. Aldridge still unhappy in Portland? Faried, Chandler, and something else? Faried, Gallo, and something else makes that incredibly doable. Making a run at Kevin Love or another unhappy star out there? This is very odd signing if nothing else happens. He can’t defend, and we still have no one Iggy or even Gallo good on defense. Beyond odd signing. Won’t say bad yet, unless this is all they are doing. In which case it is a bad signing.

    • heykyleinsf

      can’t defend. Nobody but Iguodala can defend. How about averaging 10 rebounds a game? OMG dude. Get over him.

      • heykyleinsf

        P.S. Mozgov leaving would be more awesome news.

        • googergieger

          Da fuck is your problem? I’ve been saying get Kirelenko to absorb the Iggy loss. This team still needs someone to defend on the perimeter. Evan will get there, but still need someone versatile enough to defend three to four positions. Chandler isn’t quick or disciplined enough to defend that well. Hickson is a useless pick up if no one else is moved. Logjam. Ever hear of it? McGee needs to be given a shot. Faried is going to get his minutes. Hickson is the back up C now? Back up four as well? When Gallo comes back, him and Chandler will be part of a small ball line up no doubt. Pieces need to be moved, otherwise this is a totally useless pick up. A bad pick up.

          • aaron

            goog. . put down the crack. They will make a move. Even Connely and Shaw aren’t dumb enough to run with 4 PF’s and 2 untested SG’s. relax. Moves are in the offing.

            • googergieger

              “Mozgov probably is going to the Russian team or another NBA team then.
              Either that or Faried and someone else is going to get moved for someone
              big. Aldridge still unhappy in Portland? Faried, Chandler, and
              something else? Faried, Gallo, and something else makes that incredibly
              doable. Making a run at Kevin Love or another unhappy star out there?
              This is very odd signing if nothing else happens. He can’t defend, and
              we still have no one Iggy or even Gallo good on defense. Beyond odd
              signing. Won’t say bad yet, unless this is all they are doing. In which
              case it is a bad signing.”

              ^Because for some reason you missed it the first time I posted it.

          • MacKenzie Pantoja

            I feel like I’ve already said this, but our cap situation makes Kirelenko impossible unless he signed for around the mid level exception, which is 5 million. And he’s worth at least 7 million.

            • googergieger

              And I feel like I’ve repeatedly said, move Chandler and Miller to make room for Kirelenko.

              • David Tesler

                Miller can go. He’s just as old as I am (I’m 37) and it’s time for him to retire and move on.

          • heykyleinsf

            I’m not sure how I responded warrants the level of hostility in your reaction. I just don’t see how it’s necessary in general for you and anyone else, if I offend you personally, it’s not my intention. Come on. It’s just opinion over basketball.. I disagree with you. I just don’t see the blackness that you and many other people see these past few days post Iggy.. I don’t see how it’s the end of the Nuggets and I feel sorry that nothing seems to please you with what the front office tries to accomplish. I also see a lot of dogma. All bad all good all defense no defense .. I’m not seeing a lot of grey with you Goog. But I’m also at the point that I don’t see anything to gain with arguing with people here.. how it turns nasty (and how crazy some people have got with me personally).

            I’ll leave you alone now dude.

            • googergieger

              This is the problem, and really no hostility, just annoyance. You don’t read anything anyone else says, you skim it, and then you reply like you want to have an argument and conversation. I’ve said the big deal about Iggy gone is Gallo isn’t here but we can go after Kirelenko and be just fine. I’ve said Iggy to Golden State is a dumb move for him and them. I’ve been one of the more positive people about the situation, despite being an avid Iggy supporter in regards to what he brings to basketball. You haven’t read any of that?

              If you want to have a conversation with people, then read what they have to say, think about it, and then respond. Don’t just skim and throw out, “Iggy isn’t shit, Hickson is awesome, shut up with the negativity and move on from this crap”. Because I didn’t say anything to warrant that kind of response.

              Again no hostility, just annoyance with laziness and inconsiderate behavior. Which your response personified.

              • heykyleinsf

                when you start with “da fuck is wrong with you”.. I’m kind of taken aback and want to stop right there. Why WOULD I (or anyone else) want to read further? Why would anyone? And again.. we talked a lot here, and it’s not fair to say I don’t read, on a number of occasions, I’ve given you credit for things I didn’t know. And any time YOU have taken the time to respond to me, it’s been nothing but belittling to angry reaction.. “You really hate defense” was a recent one. Name me ONE time you were nice to me in the slightest.. and I’ll take back everything I said. If you don’t want to have conversations, and even if you were actually right all the time.. it’s boring and insulting to me to be lectured to and disrespectful to not allow anyone to have an opinion.. not to mention arrogant.

              • googergieger

                Read my original comment you replied to. Tell me your reply was an actual reply to what I said.

              • heykyleinsf

                You mean “Da fuck is your problem?”
                Yeah. That’s what I was talking about.
                Don’t worry dude.
                I don’t like the nastiness.. no matter
                what the topic is, the facts are, the
                opinions we agree or disagree upon.
                This is basketball.. so silly to be like that.
                I won’t be wasting your time from here on.

              • googergieger

                Really troll? Really? Alright. Well, I posted Iggy will only be missed because we won’t have Gallo. No one on this team is Iggy or even Gallo good on defense. We could use Kirelenko to absorve that lost. Beyond all that, once again, I have been one of the more unphased guys here with Iggy gone. I’d have loved if he stayed to continue building on what happened last season, but he left. We move on. I think Kirelenko can bring the versatility Iggy brought, and Gallo brings, and he’ll be a better free throw shooter than him at least. You responded to essentially everything I’ve been saying on this issue with, “can’t defend. Nobody but Iguodala can defend. How about averaging 10 rebounds a game? OMG dude. Get over him.”

                Okay troll. Please stop replying to me now then. I barely humor you because disqus emails me every time someone responds to me. Probably better for the both of us if I talk with people that want to talk, and you can troll people that are dumb enough to fall for it.

              • heykyleinsf

                too much. what an ego. Go ahead and reply one more time.. because you’re ego is to fragile to not have the last say. You’re nasty. And biter with issues IDK about.
                But seriously. I have no interest in any further time with you. You’re sad man.

              • googergieger

                Na, try harder. You said you were done with me four times. You are saying I need to get the last word, while replying to me. And to cap it off, I are sad man? Na, troll. Try harder.

    • eddi0

      We wouldn’t trade for another big when we have a glut of them at this moment in time. Love and Aldridge are both more PF’s than C’s so definitely not planning on them. We need floor spacing SG’s who can play a little D. If we don’t address our poor perimeter shooting before the start of the season teams will just pack the paint on us again like GSW’s did to us in the playoffs. This is the number one reason we didn’t advance in the playoffs followed closely by horrible high screen and roll defense.

      • googergieger

        “We wouldn’t trade for another big when we have a glut of them at this moment in time.”

        So exactly what I said? Except I said unless we trade some of our bigs, the Hickson pick up is useless.

        Anyways, our perimeter d and d in general is more important than our three point shooting. We didn’t rebound and tried to beat Golden State by going small despite it giving us no advantage what so ever. That is why we lost in the playoffs. Karl was Karl.

        Evan can develop into a good to great shooting guard. Maybe a back up for him. Again, Miller and Chandler moved to make room for Kirelenko. Now that we have Hickson, Faried or Arthur need to go(at least one). I assume we got Arthur for his defense, so no idea why we got Hickson.

  • ryanvdonk

    i actually like hickson’s game, had to play too much center last year, but as a PF has a great motor, good strength and is big enough to matchup with most 4s. has a decent mid range jumper, an athletic player, and who doesn’t like someone who wants to put opponents on his poster. kind of a poor man’s shawn kemp. the issue isn’t the player, it’s that there is now a large log jam at the 4. i think one gets moved in a trade in the next few weeks, hopefully for a guard who can shoot and defend, and maybe an insurance center (randolf is tall enough with that athleticism to take some minutes there, but never hurts to have a big 7 foot body on the bench…could even be mozzy).

  • aaron

    I’m excited because this means a trade is coming. All last year we talked about Randolph, Mozzy (we could trade his rights even if he goes to Russia), Brew, Miller, etc. . . I think we have to trade some players now. I think we get Brewer back, (shaw probably loves his D) and we clear out some 4’s. Maybe even Hickson/Arthur, who knows? But, this isn’t the team that will be in camp, I’ll tell you that.

    I’d like to see Fournier starting. But, we need a bench scoring vet instead of bigs wasting away on the pine. So, I hope we don’t pick up someone who will just bury EF. Randy Foye would be some good shooting off the bench.

    • herpderpnuggets

      yeah i agree, a lot of negativity flowing around here

  • EWilson

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this move was made to free up Faried to be traded. While I love Faried’s energy, he’s a liability defensively AND lacks much of an offensive game beyond dunks. But, he has name recognition right now, which makes his value higher than it might be otherwise. He might well be dangled to get a good perimeter player to pair with Lawson while Fournier develops.
    They pretty much cannot trade Hickson or Arthur this season if I remember the rules correctly. So, they’ll likely put Hickson at PF alongside McGee, and let Faried/Arthur come off the bench. I’m guessing that Randolph is your back up C along with Hickson picking up a few minutes. Though they’re overstacked at PF, the Nuggets now have more versatility up front than they did last year.

    I do think too many people here obsess about how well the various players on the roster defend. Part of the reason a lot of the guys look like bad defenders is because Karl relied on a gambling defense rather than a defense based on sound positioning and rotations. Give Shaw some time with them to see whether he can develop more a fundamentally sound defense, which is about awareness and effort more than physical skill.

    • Robin GRAVES

      I can see Faried totally co-existing with Hickson and Arthur. Why not? Faried, McGee, Hickson .. we might just have got ourselves the best triple punch for rebounding in the NBA.

      • EWilson

        That’s possible, as well. They’re all young players, so the Nuggets can work them all out and decide who fits and who can be flipped for another asset.

        • Robin GRAVES

          finally someone positive on here

          • EWilson

            Heh. No point crying over spilt milk.

      • dagus1976

        Damn straight!
        Why not? It’s all about gaining advantage wherever you can.

  • MacKenzie Pantoja

    Let’s not forget Hickson is coming off what was easily his best season. I have a feeling Mozzy isn’t coming back

    • Robin GRAVES

      please promise this.

  • dagus1976

    Guys,

    We are going to a half court execution team, and away from a run n gun team. We need someone to score in the post and someone to hit elbow jumpers for that to work… So we got Hickson and Arthur.

    I’m not sure why there is so much talk about defending the 5 spot. There are only like 5 true centers in the league with skill in the post that you would worry about. The current NBA is about versatility both offensively and defensively. As I see it we have Mozzy, McGee, Randolph, Hickson, Faried, and Arthur as combo 4/5’s. Heck, our ‘ol boy GK played Chandler and Gallo at the 5 last year in a pinch. So I like the depth of this rotation.

    PG Lawson, Miller, Fournier

    SG Brewer, Hamilton, Green

    SF Chandler, Gallo

    PF Faried, Arthur, Randolph

    C McGee, Hickson, Mozzy

    That’s 14, and you can only dress 12.

    Looks to me like what we really need is SF help with Gallo out.

    Sign and trade deal with Kirilenko, Ronnie Brewer, or Anthony Tolliver ??

    • Robin GRAVES

      Great analysis and I agree.
      My druthers?
      Goodbye Andre Miller,
      Goodbye Comrade Mozzy.

      • dagus1976

        I agree that both may be gone…but this is what we currently have to analyze. As far as Brewer coming off the bench, I think that is probably what will happen, but it’s hard to imagine Hamilton garnering enough confidence to be the starter come November. I have always thought he had all the characteristics of a typical 2 guard, but always stayed in GK’s dog house. If he can defend better this year he should get plenty of minutes at the 2 as well as Fournier at the 2.

    • Duane Grasmick

      If we resign Brewer I like him much better off the bench as an energy guy.

      I think that Faried is going to be traded or moved to the bench and that the starting line-up will be Lawson, Hamilton, Chandler until Gallo gets back, Hickson and McGee. A. Miller, Fournier, Brewer, Arthur and Faried will be main bench guys

      • dagus1976

        I would be really upset if we trade Faried. I think he has all the drive and determination to be a borderline all star. Plus, his jumper appears to be coming around, and I think that if he can add that to his game he will be really, really tough to guard.

        • Duane Grasmick

          I love Faried but he has more trade value

          • Adam Kunce

            Totally agree.

        • Duane Grasmick

          I love Faried but he has the most trade value of anyone on our frontline

        • Mikey K

          Sorry, but when I posted above about something bigger coming, it was a deal centered around Faried and maybe Miller. Someone with tremendous upside and someone who can come in and immediately backup your PG spot or even start if a team is up shit creek.

    • Adam Kunce

      Psst….. Fournier is a SG don’t tell anyone.

  • Robin GRAVES

    Great pick up!! With everything that has gone on, with as much as they have been able to control, this shows they still believe in this team. This guy is a monster and a huge addition. And only 24, I think this is a great move. Can’t wait for this season already!

  • EWilson

    Another thing to keep in mind is that this team is still pretty well positioned for the future, if not the upcoming season. They are stocked with solid young assets on reasonable contracts who can be used to maneuver to get the players Shaw wants. Hickson is yet another example. At this point, even Andre Miller is an asset because there are always young playoff teams that need savvy leadership at the point, which he can provide.
    It’s not like Denver is in cap hell with aging players commanding huge salaries whom no one wants. Nor are they in complete rebuilding mode, praying that their draftees develop into stars while taking their lumps.
    I’ve seen a lot of commentary suggesting that the Nuggets are in a terrible no-man’s land where they’re barely good enough to make the playoffs, but not good enough to compete for a title. For the upcoming season, that might be true, but there’s a difference between being that type of team with older players and bad contracts, and being that team with younger players on good contracts.

    • Duane Grasmick

      I agree with that 100%. I do not think that the SG situation will be as bad as some think because I really think that Hamilton will be the biggest benefactor from Shaw much like what happened with Stephenson at Indiana who directly credited Shaw for his success (as did Vogel).

      • dagus1976

        Great points here. I think the real reason GK is gone isn’t just the playoff losses, but his complete disregard in developing young talent. IE: JR Smith, Hamilton, McGee, Faried, Stone etc, etc..

        • Duane Grasmick

          Karl for all his good wants to be THE star on his team. He ran Ray Allen out of Milwaukee. The only other person on the same team with Allen to have public problems with him besides Karl is Rondo. What do they say about Rondo? Karl’s ego is too big for his own good.

    • Mikey K

      I’ll do you one better. There’s something bigger brewing that is completely off of everyone’s radar right now. It may not happen during the off-season, but there’s something else coming.

  • Qmill30

    Have been a big fan of Hickson for years. Just waiting to see how the rest of the offseason and up until the deadline pans out to really judge this move.

    We’re sort of in a weird spot with a lot of nice pieces which we aren’t sure exactly how good they are or if they really coexist. I don’t want them to re-sign C-Brew now because we aren’t semi contending like last year and need to see what we have in Hamilton and Fournier. Would rather sign someone like Anthony Morrow to space the floor a bit or Ronnie Brewer to play some though defense. Neither would command the same amount of playing time a Corey Brewer would.

    Like everyone else I’m a little lost with the direction of the team but I guess we just have to wait and see.

    • EWilson

      I suspect that direction of this team took a huge hit when Iguodala left in the way that he did (waiting until a lot of FAs were signed). There was always the question of how Shaw was going to work with parts acquired for Karl, anyway. My guess is that he’ll look through his options, focusing on defense first, and then start moving people he doesn’t want for players he does. They’re in a good position contracts-wise to do that, which is nice.

  • dynamo.joe

    Am I the only one who thinks Vytis thinks Hickson is Reddick

  • David Tesler

    Time to force Kroenke to release his hold on the franchises. Arsenal, Avalanches, Rapids and Nuggets, and Rams. He can’t manage his way out of a paper bag.

  • Trevor

    Well this sucks. The offseason started out great but has quickly nosedived. At least it wasn’t Monta. The nugs don’t need to add any SGs… Evan and Jham need the mins. Play the guys we have, sign a couple rookie UFAs to fill out the rosters, and lets see where they take us. Nobody we sign makes us a contender and making the playoffs as 1st rd fodder sets us back even further. Think long term fellow nugget fans, don’t fall for the glitz and glam of FA.

  • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

    I feel like they could have signed anyone not named LeBron James and we would have gotten the wave of digital boos so evident in these comments.
    What does J.J. bring? He brings hustle and a very healthy work ethic. He brings a potential double-double every night (depends on minutes). He actually has a post game, which addresses a desperate need for the Nuggets.
    Drawbacks are that he’s undersized as a C, but he could actually function quite well alongside McGee, dominating smaller post players instead of struggling against the bigger ones. And a small-ball line-up of Faried and Hickson would be interesting to watch.
    For this money, Hickson is a great pick-up. Now I’m excited to see what they pull out of the hat next. Because I have a feeling Josh Kroenke (he’s the guy in charge, not Tim) isn’t planning for Fournier to be our starting SG on opening night.

  • Paul Griggs

    Dumdadumdum, clueless front office so far…need a solid team D player, not a me-first ex-Blazer. Pray for 40 wins this year