Nuggets target No. 4: Donte DiVincenzo, SG
It’s unclear what Donte DiVincenzo’s market will look like this summer. He has a player option on the small contract he signed last summer with the Golden State Warriors, and could hit the market hoping for a big payday. He’ll probably get it, but if his market is similar to last year, he could latch onto another contender with a need in the backcourt.
DiVincenzo is a good ball-handler but does better with another lead playmaker; sounds like a player made to play with Nikola Jokic. He is a good shooter (41.6 percent from deep this season) and attacks closeouts with gusto. Defensively he is everywhere, a phenom at snagging steals and disrupting plays. He would be an excellent addition to the Denver rotation.
Nuggets target No. 5: Coby White, SG
This is another buy-low opportunity for the Nuggets, and he may not even cost the full Taxpayer MLE. Coby White came into the league as the No. 7 overall pick of the Chicago Bulls and showed plenty of promise, but he hasn’t quite put it all together. There is a very real chance the Bulls rescind his qualifying offer and let him walk in free agency.
If so, the Nuggets might be a good pick to try and recuperate his career. White still has plenty of verve with the ball, and his shot is solid, if unspectacular. Playing alongside Nikola Jokic helps to insulate any struggling guard, and on-time, accurate passes could unlock his off-ball game.
The options available to the Nuggets range from buy-low options to solid veterans, and they could go in any of a number of directions. The problem for Denver is they likely have just one swing; that’s fine because they have already done the hard part of building the core of the team. Any of these players could fill that final spot as they continue building a contender.