October 28 is the projected first day of the 2014-15 NBA season. How much will the landscape of the NBA change over the next five months? As a Nuggets fan, the bigger question is whether or not the next five months is enough time for Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee to mentally and physically heal from their respective injuries?
The NBA Finals are set to start in just over a week (June 5). If the Miami Heat make it, will that be the last time the world sees the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh threesome play together? All of them have outs in their respective contracts this off-season and I find it hard to believe all three will end up on the same team again. If the San Antonio Spurs win the championship, is that the last we see of Tim Duncan and/or Manu Ginobli?
The NBA draft is now less than a month away (June 26). Last year’s draft featured 16 trades, 2 of them featuring our Denver Nuggets. On that night, moves were made to draft Erick Green and Joffrey Lauvergne. The upcoming Las Vegas Summer League from July 11-21 will hopefully be the showcase for both Green and Lauvergne to be invited to training camp.
As a Nuggets fan, I am more excited about the $9.8 million trade exception than I am about free agency. Don’t get me wrong, I will be checking NBA.com daily throughout the summer looking to see who landed where but aside from role players, free agency will likely not net the Nuggets a LeBron James or a Luol Deng. Now that $9.8 million trade exception, on the other hand? A sign-and-trade with the Cavaliers for Luol Deng would be dreamy.
The Los Angeles Lakers recently released their preseason schedule. Their schedule opens against our Denver Nuggets on October 6th in San Diego. That will likely be our first glance at a Denver Nuggets squad that will undoubtedly be promoted as a team that will start another run of playoff appearances. That means we’re just 5 short months away from erasing the memories of a season lost.