There are no questions that the Nuggets need another big man on their lineup, but the need just got greater as the Denver Post is reporting that Kenyon Martin won’t be ready for training camp next season. He underwent left-knee surgery after struggling through a platelet-rich plasma therapy late last season and was playing hurt in the playoffs.
There are a number of options that can help the Nuggets out, Brad Miller remains an option, despite his lack of defense. However, the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets are reportedly also after his services. Jermaine O’Neal is also available and remains probably the best bargain available. O’Neal has struggled the previous two seasons, but was also playing out of position at center. He would be a solid third big and can step into the starting role if K-Mart can’t go to open the season. O’Neal adds a low-post game and length that the Nuggets didn’t have last season. He also would benefit from playing next to a true big like Nene, and the duo would help each other.
Drew Gooden is also available and if all else fails would be a great addition, he’d be a cheap pickup and help on the offensive end, but he struggles with inconsistency so he is a worst-case scenario – which isn’t bad. Tyson Chandler is reportedly going to opt for early termination from his contract. And if he can stay healthy he’d be a great addition to the team.