When most people think about Denver, they tend to think of one man: Peyton Manning.
Manning came to the Denver Broncos in 2012, making it arguably the biggest free-agent signing in NFL history, and by far the Broncos’ best signing in team history. Manning has managed to break record after record, and lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl. And he chose to be in Denver.
The Nuggets have never had much success at signing big name players. Sure, they’ve signed players that were good at one point, or players that have always been just “okay,” but they’ve never had that signing that makes the league go “Woah” like the Broncos did two years ago. At this point we have to ask the question: Can the Nuggets attract the big names?
Denver as a city has always been great — good people, good food, sunshine 300 days a year, and an amazing fan base. Plus, the Pepsi Center is a top 5 arena. But the city has never had the appeal of L.A. or Miami when it comes to pro basketball. The Nuggets usually have wiggle room with cap space, picking and choosing their contracts, hoping and praying that one good player says, “Hey, I want to invest the next 4 years of my professional career in Denver.”
Now, there is no way that the Nuggets are going to sign Lebron James, but what about a player like Chris Bosh? What about Rudy Gay? Players that the team sign partly based on their name, and you hope that their game follows. With most cases the players tend to walk the walk along with talking the talk. The Nuggets could very well begin to make splashes in free agency. Be it this year, next year, or further down the road, all it will take is one player. When that high-profile player decides Denver is the place for him, other players will likely follow.
It’s almost like a Field Of Dreams situation, “If you build it, they will come.” All Denver has to do is build “it,” that being the signing of a key, big name player like Bosh, or Gay, maybe even Pau Gasol. Denver as a city is great for pro athletes; countless Broncos players will back up that sentiment. Should a big-name NBA player choose Denver as his home for the next several years, Denver may finally become a “Big Media” sports city that it has the potential to become.