For the first time since the 2002-2003 season, the Denver Nuggets missed the playoffs.
Unfortunately for the Nuggets, they won’t have the same easy fix they had last time around. In 2003, the Nuggets won the third-overall pick in the NBA’s Draft Lottery and then selected former Syracuse Orange forward Carmelo Anthony.
Although they have some work to do, just getting players like small forward Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee healthy could go a long way towards getting the Nuggets back into the postseason. The team would also like to supplement those returns by making a “big move.”
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes Phoenix Suns’ center Marcin Gortat would be a good fit as the Nuggets’ starting center and Oklahoma City Thudner guard Thabo Sefolosha.
I hear you loud and clear on McGee, as (although a fan of how entertaining he can be), I never expected him to change from being a high-energy, change-of-pace big man that would be a great addition (if focused) to a rotation. http://www.basketballinsiders.com/denver-nuggets-team-salary/ They’ll have some space to work with, but would probably need to find a way to move some additional salary before being able to approach some of the guys you mentioned. I do, for the record, like the idea of Gortat in that starting lineup. Thabo would also look great off the bench (Gallo’s return) and matched up against some of the tougher perimeter scorers.
Gortat averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this season and Sefolosha put up 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game