There are many different routes that the Denver Nuggets can go this off-season, and a main one would be to shore up the small forward position, something they haven’t been sure about since Carmelo Anthony left in 2011.
The current small forwards on the roster are Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Quincy Miller, and Anthony Randolph. Miller and Randolph are in no place to start, and Gallinari and Chandler have had questions surrounding them for awhile, the main one being injury. They have not been able to be counted on for a full season, and are tying up about $36.3 million in salary in the next two years for the Nuggets.
Gallinari did not clock a minute on the court all season, but Galo has shown that he has what it takes to perform in a starting small forward role, averaging 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in the 2012-13 season. With all the money that the Nuggets have tied up in Galo and the fact he is coming off an ACL surgery in January, we don’t know if he’ll be able to put up those same numbers.
The second question mark is Chandler, who has been riddled with injuries throughout his career in Denver. This last season, Chandler missed 10 games near the end of the season with a groin injury, as well as 6 games to start off the season. Even though he missed these games, he was still able to put up 13.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds a game. These stats still weren’t up there with Gallinari’s standards though, which makes me think that neither of these players will be able to produce next season.
A player I had in mind is one that could bring another superstar to Denver. He averaged 20 points per game and 6 rebounds, and really emerged once he was traded earlier this season. Any guesses?
His name is Rudy Gay, and he has a player option this off-season with the Sacramento Kings, in which he can opt out of his $19.3 million dollar contract. But In order to get him, we need to drop off some players in order to make room for an enticing offer to come play with Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried.
A good start will be to unload Gallinari and Chandler, and a lot of teams this off-season are in need of a small forward, such as the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers. Or they could try to entice the Kings with a trade offer offering one of those two and Jan Vessely, who would clear up a bit of room for Gay. Vessely would provide a strong defensive player for the Kings, who need a power forward.
Another possibility is to unload Javale McGee, who could be a need in a place like New Orleans and could be interested in a trade for a player like Tyreke Evans. The only problem with this is that Evans is also undergoing knee problems, something I’m sure Brian Shaw doesn’t want to deal with again.