When LeBron James and his agent informed the Miami Heat on Tuesday morning that the star would indeed be opting out of his current contract to become a free agent, you could literally hear NBA general managers all over the league scampering to see if they could make a serious run for his services.
Of course, every team is a potential destination, but only a few will be considered legitimate landing spots, and one of them could be the Denver Nuggets.
Some teams won’t be able to make that serious run at James because they won’t be able to financially clear their roster up enough to make room for the biggest star in the league, but according to Christopher Dempsey at the Denver Post, the Nuggets absolutely could make that room.
Fitting James onto the Nuggets’ roster would entail clearing out a truckload of contracts. The best route, but not the only one, to clear enough cap room would be through moving the contracts of JaVale McGee ($11.2 million), Danilo Gallinari ($10.8 million) and Wilson Chandler ($6.7 million) for next season. And they’d have to do all of that without getting comparable contracts in return, which would be extremely difficult.
Out of all the teams, the Nuggets might be seen by a lot of people as one of the biggest dark horses in the race, but sometimes it comes down to money. Although some say that James isn’t too worried about financial stability, given what he makes off the court in endorsements, you never know what a lucrative offer from the Nuggets could result in.