With the No. 11 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets will be making their highest selection since taking Carmelo Anthony out of Syracuse in 2003.
As Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post reports, while such a high pick in what’s considered to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory may seem like a huge blessing, team general manager Tim Connelly may end up dealing the pick if the right trade presents itself.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations about a ton of different things — picks, trades. We’re pretty active right now,” Connelly said.
The Nuggets finished the regular season with a record of 36-46. That was good enough for fourth in the Northwest Division and 11th in the Western Conference. They missed out on the postseason for the first time since 2002-03.
Rather than add a young, unproven player to a nucleus itching to get back to the playoffs next season, the Nuggets may look to trade the pick for a veteran that can help right away.
Connely believes the closer we get to the draft on June 26, the more trades we’ll be seeing by teams that decided to keep their cards close to their chest during the year.
“I don’t think things will pick up until the next week or so,” Connelly said. “But after a relatively quiet trade deadline, I think we’ll see a more active build-up to the draft. I would imagine we’ll have a lot of trades.”
If the Nuggets use the pick, Josh Hill of FanSided proposes the team take guard Tyler Ennis out of Syracuse in his latest NBA Mock Draft.