Denver Nuggets get massive update on coaching staff: Report

Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Michael Malone, Denver Nuggets. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Though the players are the ones who typically get all of the glory, coaching plays a major factor in any given team’s success in the NBA. Last year was no different in the case of the Denver Nuggets, as they were able to capture their first-ever Larry O’Brien trophy.

Head coach Michael Malone — who will enter his ninth season with the team in 2023-24 — and his staff were key to Denver’s championship run. The stability of having a consistent figure at the end of the bench is something that’s going to continue to help the Nuggets, for at least one more year.

According to DNVR’s Harrison Wind, Malone and his staff will all be back for the upcoming season.

After coaching the Nuggets’ to the first NBA championship in franchise history, Michael Malone’s entire coaching staff is expected to return for the 2023-24 season, a source told DNVR,” Wind wrote. “That group includes Malone’s front-row assistants — David Adelman, Ryan Saunders, and Popeye Jones — as well as Charles Klask, Ogi Stojakovic, and more of Malone’s support staff.”

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While the bunch will be back to help the Nuggets defend their NBA championship in the upcoming campaign, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be returning in the following season.

Wind also reported that many staff members have options for the 2024-25 season, many of which “have yet to be picked up.”

Change in coaching staff is a normal thing in the NBA. Assistants gain experience, qualify for head coaching vacancies, and eventually leave. It’s not surprising that Malone’s assistants haven’t rushed to sign a new contract in Denver. What if they have another opportunity come their way?

The length of Malone’s contract is unknown at this time. The most recent update that was shared came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnorowski last March when the man in charge inked an extension to remain in Denver.

But, the only information there was that there’d been an extension for “multiple years.”

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