June 25, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw (center) and president Josh Kroenke (right) and executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly (left). Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Dario Saric, Please Denver Nuggets Do NOT Draft Him

For the next few days leading into the NBA Draft, many rumors will circulate about who teams will draft.  Here is something that is a fact and a not a rumor according to ESPN.

Croatia forward and 2014 NBA draft prospect Dario Saric has agreed in principle to a three-year deal with Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes, a source close to Saric told ESPN.com on Monday.

The deal will have a player option for the third year. Saric is expected to receive and sign a contract in the next 24 hours.

The move will essentially prohibit Saric from playing in the NBA for a minimum of two years, the source added.

Draft Express and  NBA.com’s Consensus mock draft  both have the Nuggets selecting Dario Saric with their #11 pick.  CBS Sports NBA Insider Ken Berger recently wrote the following:

There are strong indications that Dario Saric’s invitation to the draft-night green room is the result of a promise from the Nuggets to grab him with the 11th pick. Teams in the mid-to-late lottery have tried to get Saric to come in for workouts, but have been told he’ll be gone by the time they pick.

I have not understood any of the draft talk about the Nuggets acquiring another power forward.  We already have four of them in Faried, Hickson, Arthur and Miller. Please GM Tim Connelly don’t trade Faried because he really is a building block piece to this franchise.

I can understand drafting a center with only Timmy Mozgov and JaVale McGee as centers on the roster.  Mix in the concern over whether or not, McGee can come back from injury, and it almost makes sense to draft a center.

I have made it known on several accounts, I want the Nuggets to draft a guard with the #11 pick.  The Denver Nuggets need a youthful piece added to the puzzle, a youthful piece that gets worked into the rotation this season not the 2016-17 season.

Denver Post writer Christopher Dempsey has already released on article explaining why the Nuggets may still draft Dario Saric:

It deals with finances and roster spots. Nuggets execs are comfortable with the ability of the team they have coming back and believe it can be a playoff contender. A needed tweak here or there can be handled through free agency. They do not need a draftee to come in and play big minutes. They weren’t going to necessarily need that anyway.

By my count, the Nuggets have only 4 guards on their roster plus Quincy Miller and Wilson Chandler who have both spent some time at the two.  Chandler playing some two is an idea I hope comes to fruition.  Quincy Miller on the other hand, has looked comfortable at the 3 or 4.  Thus far in his young career, that is where the bulk of his minutes have come from.  Let’s not mess with the Quincy Miller project.

So then, what free agent guard is out there that would come to Denver on a low end deal?  Avery Bradley comes to mind but his defensive prowess will earn him a contract outside the Nuggets price range.  Patty Mills would be great but the NBA Finals will get him a contract again outside the Nuggets price range?

Just draft a shooting guard and do NOT draft Dario Saric!!


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