The Nuggets have a championship-caliber roster.
But Denver is far from a contender in its current state.
Michael Porter Jr. suffered a possibly season-ending injury. Who knows how long Jamal Murray, who remains sidelined after a torn ACL, will take to return to form? Role players P.J. Dozier and Vlatko Cancar are also out long-term.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone blasted his team in about the harshest terms you’ll hear after it blew a 25-point lead to the Clippers on Tuesday in L.A. “I think today’s NBA player, they’re worrying about where they’re going out tonight,” Malone said. “…We had a lot of guys running away from the ball in big moments.”
Denver won its next game by 32 (over the Trail Blazers).
All these conflicting statuses and results leave questions as the trade deadline approaches. Will the Nuggets (21-19, sixth in the Western Conference) try to maximize this season of Nikola Jokic‘s prime or deal older rotation players for assets that can help when the roster is ideally healthier in future years?
Amid mounting injuries, the Denver Nuggets are actively searching for ways to improve their roster ahead of the trade deadline, two sources told The Denver Post.
With long-term injuries to both Michael Porter Jr. and P.J. Dozier, the Nuggets’ primary target is a wing, one source said.
In addition to a wing, the Nuggets are also searching for a true backup center to combat opponents who play big, sources said.
We’ll see what the Nuggets actually pull the trigger on. They could just be gauging the cost of adding immediate help. Perhaps, they’re also exploring selling – just without that leaking.
But this like a fairly strong clue of Denver’s intentions.