Well Nuggets fans, you wanted activity, how did today treat you? In addition to adding Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer and DeMarre Carroll today, Denver has reportedly reached an agreement with Nene on a five year, $67 million contract. The fifth year apparently was a key to sealing the deal as the average salary is well shy of what was available to him from other teams.
The free agency big man logjam is starting to clear out a bit, but four days into the signing period, we still do not know where Nene will be playing this year. However, fellow centers Tyson Chandler (four years, $56 million), Marc Gasol (four years, $58 million) and DeAndre Jordan (four years, $42.7 million) have completed deals and the market value for Nene is becoming apparent.
For fans looking at sites like Hoops Hype that show the Denver Nuggets with nearly $30 million in cap space and wondering why on earth Denver is not making plays for some of the big names on the free agent market I have two words for you.
Personally I had not factored the various cap holds oppressing the Nuggets until I noticed that John Hollinger, in his piece analyzing the free agent signings on Saturday, noted that Denver signed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute using their mid-level exception. The mid-level exception is for teams over the cap. How can Denver use it when they are so far under the salary cap? It is due to the immense power of the cap hold.
For those that followed our last installment yesterday, this is more of the same. News and commentary updated here as it comes out. Feel free to follow Jeremy, Kalen and Charlie on twitter to find out when we post an update. Not to get anyone’s hopes up but rumors are out that more decisions are expected today, particularly in the case of Nene to the New Jersey Nets.
Free Agency hasn’t started yet, but that has caused no shortage of drama in what is sure to be the craziest NBA offseason ever. By now you’ve all heard news of the Chris Paul deal that wasn’t. The league office will open for business at 12pm MST today and it will be very interesting to see how fast the frenzy will unfold one day after the infamous Veto. This post will be updated with any Nuggets developments and our thoughts on them, so check back throughout the day.
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Free agency is right around the corner, and with it comes somewhat of a watershed moment for the Denver Nuggets franchise. Two of their best starters are among the most desired free agents and the Nuggets want to keep both while being extremely careful with their salary cap. Masai Ujiri can try all he wants to accomplish all three of these goals, but the most likely solution means compromising on one or two of them. Most importantly, each and every one of these choices must fall in line with a plan that makes progress towards the ultimate goal of a championship. Do we know what that plan is yet?
How do you build a championship roster?
That is a question that General Managers and Presidents of Player Personnel must ask themselves every day. What complicates things is while every team starts every season at 0-0 not every team is created equal. What works in one market is not feasible in another. Add in the fact that no two teams are at the same point in their process of building a team and the possibilities for every team are endless. Every decision creates a ripple in the pool of NBA chaos.
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?
Your loyal and friendly Denver Nuggets bloggers here at Roundball Mining Company have not published anything of consequence regarding the current labor conflagration which now has the NBA on the brink of missing regular season games. The fact of the matter is that the range of possibilities was so far reaching that any kind of analysis would have been complete speculation – not that there is anything wrong with that, this is a blog after all. We have chosen to stay on the sidelines and patiently await some signs of movement in the negotiations.
Kenneth Faried has played his first game as a Denver Nugget. Of course, the blue trim on his jersey was several shades darker than the light blue the Nuggets are now known for and he was not running alongside Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Nene. He was part of the Jimmer All-Stars who suited up in Provo, Utah on Thursday, September 22nd.
Kalen did a great job of documenting the overwhelming consensus of Faried’s physicality from those who witnessed his performance. However, I have had Dish Network for years and happened to recall one of the many channels I have never watched was called BYUTV. It donned on me that seeing as how Jimmer Fredette is as important to Utah as Paul Bunyan is to Minnesota and Jeffrey Dahmer is to Wisconsin, they probably televised the game. Lo and behold, despite the fact we are smack dab in the middle of football season I was discovered a replay of the game and was able to view the Nuggets new acquisition with my very own eyes.
The Denver Nuggets have drafted Kenneth Faried, the rebounding force of nature from Morehead State. The also traded Raymond Felton to the Portland Trail Blazers at roughly the same time. There were some reports that the Nuggets were swapping picks with the Blazers as part of the deal which would mean that the Nuggets would receive Nolan Smith, PG out of Duke and Faried would go to the Blazers.
However, it does appear the Nuggets will be Keeping Faried and they have also acquired the 26th pick from the Mavericks.
The question is did they acquire Andre Miller as a money saving option thanks to the team option, to play him along with Ty Lawson or to move his non-guaranteed deal for something else?
Stay tuned for more details.
We are taking part in the 2011 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft. Here are the selections through the first 21 picks:
The Denver Nuggets have a lot of decisions to make this summer. They sport one of the deepest rosters in the league, but many players have uncertain futures due to expiring contracts or the potential to clear up positional logjams via trades. Over the next few days we will be looking at certain players to determine who must stay, and who must go. We began the series looking at J.R. Smith. Today we turn to Wilson Chandler…