Denver Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly took a few minutes out of his busy scheduled to discuss the upcoming NBA Draft.
On what the team is looking for when it brings prospects in for individual workouts:
“We know them really well already. We just want to get a chance to get them in our building with our coaches. It’s a good chance to see how much information they are able to retain. Just kind of talk to them a bit.”
On whether it matters if a player has a “good day” during his workout:
“Not to me. I think the guys we saw today [Jabari Brown and Gary Harris], there’s a pretty big resume we can go off of in games. We know the guys who can shoot, the guys who can dribble. Sometimes guys will surprise you with things they’ve added to their game since the college season, but generally we just want to see guys compete. You can’t always dictate if they are going to make or miss shots.”
On the number of prospects the Nuggets intend to workout:
“We’re going to be pretty specific who we are working out. We’ll have a handful of workouts with guys we have legit interest in at 11, and the 41 and 56. And then we’ll have some guys in who potentially we could look at after the draft as well.”
On Brown and Harris:
“Both are tough kids, scorers, shot-makers. They bring a certain edge and toughness.”
Connelly also spends some time talking about Danilo Gallinari’s rehab (spoiler alert: he thinks it’s going great and that Galo is going to come back better than ever), so it’s worth checking out the entire interview.
I don’t know about you, but listening to Connelly talk about the team gets me excited about where the franchise is heading and what there is to look forward to during the 2014-15 season and beyond.