It has been five years since the Denver Nuggets reached the postseason and nearly a decade since they won a playoff series, so now seems like as good of a time as any to undergo a branding change.
According to T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports, the Nuggets are planning to do just that. The team will unveil new branding and uniforms at some point prior to the 2018-19 season.
Sources have confirmed to @MileHighSports that the Denver Nuggets will be changing their branding and uniforms sometime this offseason. By next year you can expect a near overhaul of the team's current branding.
The Denver Nuggets have reportedly looked into acquiring Marcus Smart from the Boston Celtics.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Nuggets have made point guard Emmanuel Mudiay available in a potential Smart trade, but the Celtics would prefer a first-round pick.
Denver is among the teams that has explored Marcus Smart trade scenarios with Boston, according to league sources. Emmanuel Mudiay has been made available, sources say, but the Celts covet a first-round pick for Smart
Smart is most certainly available, and is clearly drawing a lot of interest. It turns out his recent temper tantrum hasn’t done much to hinder his trade value. Boston seems determined to get a draft pick out of this, though, and it remains to be seen if anyone is willing to meet that asking price.
Nothing really makes sense in our world any more. Rookies are playing like ten-year pros, Arthur memes are taking over the planet, and the president is feuding with LaVar Ball. In trying times like these, we need some real and concrete answers about what’s fact and what’s fiction, so let’s start by asking the only question that matters about eight NBA teams that have outperformed expectations to this point of the season: contender or pretender?
Detroit Pistons Record: 11-5
The Verdict: PRETENDER
It’s difficult to believe going from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Avery Bradley and getting slight improvements from the rest of the roster is a viable long-term winning strategy, and that’s probably because it isn’t. As good as Detroit has been, their first 16 games have felt incredibly fluky. Eight of their wins have come by single-digits, and they improved their three-point percentage by over five points from last season despite returning largely the same core. The NBA is fun when bigs like Andre Drummond are rampaging through the competition and dudes like Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith are running circles around everybody. But the Pistons’ own fun may be coming to an end soon.
Philadelphia 76ers Record: 8-7
The Verdict: CONTENDER
Joel Embiid is better than any horror film out there and is playing like a top-ten guy in the league right now. His brilliance has been largely overshadowing the 18-9-8 stat line that fellow ’90s baby Ben Simmons has been hoisting up. The world is also awakening to how good Robert Covington is at the sport of basketball. JJ Redick is looking like one of the more underrated signings of the summer. Indeed, the Sixers are putting up 109 points per game at the NBA’s fourth-fastest pace, and Markelle Fultz (you know, the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft) is still hurt. It’s Process forever and I will not hear otherwise.
Though there was no single Kevin-Durant-to-Golden-State-sized splash in the NBA this offseason, teams made move after move to jockey with the Warriors in an attempt to interrupt their reign of terror.
The Rockets took a leap of faith and traded the farm for an aging Chris Paul. The Celtics used their cap space to reunite Gordon Hayward with Brad Stevens, then got rid of an asset in Avery Bradley to balance their checkbook. The Timberwolves suddenly became a legitimate Western Conference contender by ripping off the Bulls.
There were so many moves, in fact — so many trades and so many signings — that, now that the league’s transaction churn and burn has finally calmed, it’s hard to believe all that actually happened. To sum it up:
We’re going to see a lot of familiar faces in new jerseys come this fall (the preseason begins Sept. 30). But which of those players will make the biggest impact, and which teams will look the most improved? Which 2017-18 NBA squad will make the biggest leap?
It’s too early to know, of course, but below is my take on the 10 NBA teams that improved the most this offseason.
The Indiana Pacers have reportedly turned down at least one trade proposal from the Cleveland Cavaliers involving Paul George, but the two sides could revisit a deal down the road.
A report from ESPN over the weekend indicated that the Cavs and Pacers had discussions about a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets that also involved Kevin Love. According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports, Indiana said no.
#Pacers denied #Cavs' and #Nuggets' hopes of 3-team deal centered on Paul George and Kevin Love. Teams may revisit. #NBA
Now that the draft has come and gone, the Pacers don’t need to be in any rush to deal George. They have openly stated that they will still look to trade him, as the 27-year-old informed the team he is not going to sign an extension next summer. However, there’s no reason Indiana can’t take its time and shop around for the best deal.
At least one other team that — unlike the Cavs — has plenty of draft capital is interested in acquiring George, and that team reportedly believes George would agree to an extension. While it’s obvious George has no future in Indiana, the Pacers can still try their best to start a bidding war.
The Cleveland Cavaliers do not currently have the draft capital that the Indiana Pacers would be seeking in a trade for Paul George, but the two sides have reportedly discussed the possibility of getting a third team involved.
According to Marc Stein and Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Cavs, Pacers and Denver Nuggets have discussed a potential three-team trade that would send George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to Denver.
Reporting with @chrisbhaynes: League sources say Cleveland continues to pursue a Paul George trade, with Denver as the potential third team
Three-team deals are typically complicated, so there are likely several hurdles the teams would have to clear to come to an agreement that suited everyone’s needs. However, the Pacers have openly said that they are motivated to trade George now that he has informed them he will not sign an extension.
The Los Angeles Lakers remain the favorite to land George when he opts out of his contract next summer, but the Cavs would probably be willing to risk only “renting” the 27-year-old swingman for a season. If George goes to Cleveland and the Cavaliers end up winning a championship or coming close, there’s a chance he could be convinced to sign an extension.
One other team that is interested in George has plenty of draft capital and reportedly believes George would sign an extension. The Pacers will take as much time as they need to identify the best possible deal.
George is under contract through next season, and one of the biggest reasons teams have been hesitant to give up major assets for him is because he may end up being a rental. Reports have indicated that George either wants to win with the Indiana Pacers or sign with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2018.
The Denver Nuggets have won back-to-back games since firing head coach Brian Shaw. Kevin Garnett did not see that coming.
After the Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, Garnett spoke about how his team did not match Denver’s energy level. KG gave the Nuggets a pat on the back before telling reporters how he really feels.
“They quit on Brian Shaw,” Garnett said, via the Star Tribune. “I thought they’d quit again. Quitters are quitters. That was my take on it.”
If the Nuggets start playing inspired basketball now without Shaw, Denver’s front office made the right move. If we keep hearing their general manager talk about players like this, we’ll know they have issues that run deeper than coaching.
The Nuggets came into this season with optimism. Kenneth Faried had a good summer with Team USA and signed a big contract extension. Arron Afflalo returned, and the bad luck of injuries a year ago couldn’t happen again, could they?
Unfortunately, this season hasn’t gone the way the organization or Nuggets fans wanted. Losses have piled up. Timofey Mozgov and Afflalo were traded away. Head coach Brian Shaw has wondered if players are trying to lose games on purpose. Even general manager Tim Connelly went as far as to say Ty Lawson needs to “grow up.”
At this point, the Nuggets are clearly looking toward next season as this one is a lost cause. It’s so obvious the team even counted down to the last game when they broke a team huddle during a recent game, according to The Denver Post.
A fourth-quarter huddle late in the Nuggets’ 104-82 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday broke with this phrase: “1-2-3 … six weeks!”
Denver plays its last game of the season on April 15 and that day cannot get here soon enough for nearly everyone involved. The Nuggets have already jettisoned pieces ahead of what will likely be a roster rebuild this summer. They’ll probably never admit it, but there are probably one or two players in that huddle who wish they were shipped away prior to the trade deadline.