Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Emmanuel Mudiay (China) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Off Season Update-North West Division
FREE AGENTS SIGNED:
- Jameer Nelson (re-signed) 3 years, $13.5M
- Darrell Arthur (re-signed) no terms disclosed
- Will Barton (resigned) 3 years, $10.6M
- Nikola Jokić 4 years, $5.5M
— NBA (@NBA) August 16, 2015
TRADED TO NUGGETS:
TRADED FROM NUGGETS:
Nelson opted out of his contract and the much traveled point guard who has a reputation of being a complete professional appeared to be looking for an out from the team who famously were caught planning their vacations prior to season end… on the court no less! In the end he chose to stay in Denver since they gave him a term he wanted.
Notably the best move the Nuggets made in the off season was their draft pick of Emmanuel Mudiay who appears to be ready to take over the starting position and grow with a team looking to re-tool. You can bet the Raptors will be keeping a keen eye on the Nuggets (and the Knicks) this season as they get the worse of the two teams draft picks and it’s unprotected!
“There were times when he was better than others. But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don’t want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you just know. You could smell it.” -Kroenke
One area most agree the Nuggets didn’t handle well was their post trade rant about Ty Lawson’s unprofessionalism and hints he showed up to practices drunk as per Yahoo Sports in a featured interview with Nuggets President Josh Kroenke.
My read on this situation was Nuggets GM Tim Connelly was asking for the sun, the moon and the stars to off load the unhappy point guard prior to his second D.U.I. Post arrest Connelly ended up holding a fire sale with Lawson headed to Houston for 4 Rockets. Of those players Prigioni was waived, Dorsey won’t see huge minutes while Papanikolaou and Johnson are still projects who need experience and coaching to develop.
All said, both teams are happy as Mudiay will start and Houston gets the back court they’ve coveted.
Next: On the precipice of greatness?