The Denver Nuggets missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the year they drafted Caremlo Anthony, this season.
Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post believes the Nuggets need to make a big splash and suggests attempting to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love or the number one overall pick.
Now, all Connelly has to do is acquire the talent that can return Denver to the playoffs. He has got to think big and take risks.
No player on the Nuggets should be considered untouchable. And no deal, whether it’s a trade for the top pick in this year’s draft or disgruntled Minnesota star Kevin Love, should be considered too implausible to pursue.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have let it be known the No. 1 pick in the draft — with Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker as the prize — is open for trade bidding from NBA rivals.
Cleveland front office executive “David Griffin is a very good general manager, who’s not afraid to take risks and not shy to make a trade,” Connelly said. “But, in the end, it’s hard to trade the No. 1 pick in the draft. It doesn’t happen very often.”
Love seems like a bit of a pipe dream because he probably would not agree to a contract extension, meaning the Nuggets would not want to trade for him. As for acquiring the top overall pick, that seems pretty far-fetched as well.