Do the Nuggets need to add a shooter?

With Denver’s roster currently standing at 14 players, an important deadline looms next week concerning the Nuggets’ final roster spot. According to the excellent CBA FAQ from Larry Coon (already updated for this season), second round picks must be offered a contract by September 6th or they become free agents.

This of course has great meaning for the Nuggets and Quincy Miller, the yet-unsigned 38th pick in the 2012 draft. While I believe the final roster spot should be earmarked for Quincy and I expect the Nuggets to sign him, there’s a growing sentiment among fans that the Nuggets need to add another shooter over a 19-year old who’s likely to spend his rookie season developing his raw talent rather than playing.  (more…)

Talking NBA Draft with Colorado Sports Guys

Last night I joined Nate Timmons and Ross Martin, also known as the Colorado Sports Guys, to talk about the Nuggets and the roll they’ll play in the 2012 NBA Draft. You can listen to the podcast player below (I come on at about the 40 minute mark), at the Colorado Sports Guys’ website or download it free on iTunes.

Bradley Beal: Nuggets Interested in Trading Up to Draft Me

While we are passing along hot rumors, a new article by Chad Ford reports that Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti told Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal the Thunder would look into trading up to draft him.  Who cares?  Not gonna happen, right?  Well, a little further down the page Beal shares that another playoff team from the Northwest Division made a similar comment.

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Denver Nuggets 2012 NBA Draft Options

I look forward to the NBA Draft every June.  I love it.  All 30 teams belly up to the craps table, some will win big and some will lose big.  Opportunities will present themselves, difficult choices must be made.  Of course, there will be many players drafted who never accomplish a thing, but that makes it all the more interesting to me.

The Denver Nuggets are poised to make a splash.  They have a roster full of quality players going two deep at every spot, fifteen picks over the next five drafts and a large trade exception.  They can be as active as they want to be.

So what should the Nuggets be looking to accomplish on Thursday night?  What do they really need?

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New CBA Signals Pivotal Point in Franchise History

With the lockout mercifully ended after 149 days, it’s only natural to look back at the excruciating journey and wonder what it was all for. After an effort led in large part by teams like the Denver Nuggets, the NBA finally has a revised labor deal it has so badly wanted for years.

In fact, I can’t think of a team more impacted by this labor impasse than the Nuggets. After all, it was the expiration of the prior CBA that ultimately spurred Carmelo Anthony’s demand for a trade, which he ended up getting after a year-long public soap opera last season. It was also the reason Denver elected to put their future on hold, balking at signing valuable free agents like Arron Afflalo and Nene to contract extensions they most likely deserved.  Now it’s time to play ball and answer some of the tough questions about whether a new CBA can indeed help level the playing field for teams like the Denver Nuggets.

Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke will open for business with a blank canvas to paint. With the amnesty clause at their disposal the Nuggets could potentially have the most cap space of any team in the league. How do they take advantage of the new CBA as we enter the next era of Denver basketball? What do they start building with right now when free agency opens on December 9th?

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