On May 9th, the Denver Nuggets website posted an article about General Manager Tim Connelly’s plan to be aggressive this offseason. Here are some of the trade rumors which I have read while scouring the internet:
- Trading Ty Lawson to move up in the draft for Dante Exum (really! really?!).
- Trading either Kenneth Faried or JJ Hickson to move up in the draft with Noah Vonleh’s name being one of the targets (forward progress is not drafting a hot prospect!).
- Fans frustrated with Danilo Gallinari’s and Wilson Chandler’s health issues over the years have simply suggested selling either or both players to the highest bidder.
- Then there is the enigma that is JaVale McGee! A man that club President Josh Kroenke seems to determined to succeed or fail with as his eleven million dollar center. I will stoke the fires of the McGee trade rumors with the following trade idea which the ESPN trade machine gave the green light to – McGee to the Houston Rockets for center Omer Asik.
On May 25th, Denver Post writer Chris Dempsey posted an article featuring these quotes from team President Josh Kroenke, “We have a talented group. If the worst-case scenario is we wind up with a healthy group next year, then I think we’ve improved ourselves immensely just being healthy,” and, “We have good players that are still getting better. The hardest part in professional sports is staying patient.”
This suggests to me that Kroenke and Connelly may play the same card the Toronto Blue Jays General Manager Alex Anthopoulos played. The Blue Jays were media darlings going into last season after adding several key players. Then ghe Jays were ravaged by injury and finished last in their division. Entering this season with effectively the same roster that had failed abysmally the year before, most media pundits had the Blue Jays finishing last once again. As of this writing, the Toronto Blue Jays are first in their division.
There is no denying the logic that with 70+ games played from each of Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and JaVale McGee, making the playoffs is an attainable goal. What Josh Kroenke and Tim Connelly need to bear in mind is that Nuggets fans no longer want to just simply make the playoffs. Nugget fans want to see the team advance into the second round before calling the season a success!