Reports: Nuggets run it back with Barton, Rivers, JaMychal Green, add Jeff Green

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Before Jamal Murray tore his ACL, the Denver Nuggets were everyone’s dark horse pick to come out of the West (at least once they added Aaron Gordon next to MVP Nikola Jokic).

The Nuggets want to see what this roster can do when healthy and are running it back with their free agents — Will Barton, JaMychal Green, and Austin Rivers — and they are adding Jeff Green to the frontcourt, according to multiple reports. Here is the news:

Re-signing Barton was a priority for the Nuggets and GM Tim Connelly. Underrated outside Denver, he was a rock as the team’s starting two guard and a good fit with Jokic and Murray, when healthy — a variety of injuries have sidelined him for much of the last three playoffs, including this one. He averaged 12.7 points a game last season when healthy. Denver was going to pay to keep him, it only had the mid-level exception to replace him and would not have got someone as good. Now they just need to keep him on the court in big games.

With Paul Millsap gone in Denver, bringing back JaMychal Green was another offseason priority for the Nuggets. The addition of Jeff Green gives the Nuggets a couple of Greens to play with and behind Jokic; both bring shooting and athleticism, but someone will need to fill the defense and rebounding roles of Millsap.

Austin Rivers was brought in last season after Murray’s injury and was solid for Denver, bringing him back gives coach Michael Malone someone he trusts to help hold down the fort until Murray’s return.

Murray’s return — which could be late next season, or he could miss the entire season — will determine if this team could be a threat to win it all. But now, the other pieces are in place.