The Denver Nuggets began free agency by making a few offseason moves. However, they have been relatively quiet over the past week.
The team recently signed Nikola Jokić and Will Barton to large extensions. They also sent Wilson Chandler to the Philadelphia 76ers to open up some cap space. Other than that, Denver has not made any additional moves.
While some people believe Denver needs to find a superstar, I believe they should allow their core group to keep growing. However, the question remains, do the Nuggets need to add additional pieces? If not, are they ready to head into the season with their current roster?
In my opinion, Denver does not need to do anything else to bolster their roster. The team was only one game away from a postseason berth before losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They accomplished all of this while only having Paul Millsap for half of the season. This team is a playoff caliber team. They will fulfill that goal if these things happen.
Malik Beasley/Juancho Hernangomez have to step up
Now that Chandler is in Philadelphia, the small forward depth chart only has Barton and Torrey Craig. Of course this is assuming Michael Porter Jr. doesn’t play. That will leave 30+ unaccounted minutes that will need to be filled by Craig, Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez. All three showed stints of their talent but lacked consistency at times.
Look for these guys to play more aggressive early in the season to make a statement. They want to prove to coach Mike Malone that they are ready for the increase in responsibility.
Beasley in particular has been putting on a show at this year’s Summer League. He has a goal of being more of a leader and he’s doing that so far. He will look to jump on the opportunity and force Malone to play him during important minutes
Assure Monte Morris is fit for the back-up point guard spot
The team is leading us to believe that they are set on playing second year guard Monte Morris at backup. Morris is coming off of a productive rookie year in the G-League. He is also putting on a show in Las Vegas. These signs point to Morris being ready to take on the task of point guard for the second team. Don’t be surprised if Morris to gets a number of opportunities early in the preseason. Hopefully he can capitalize and prove that he can also be held accountable.
The final take
Knowing the Nuggets front office and how they do business, they are never officially done dealing. Team management might have some future plans still up their sleeve but nothing worth freaking out over.
Nonetheless, Denver has enough internally to be successful. They should not be obligated to make anymore offseason moves in order to be playoff bound. This will be a great year for the Nuggets and another year of positive growth along the way.