5 Denver Nuggets who definitely won't be back next season

After faling short in their title defense, the Nuggets are looking in the mirror will be forced to answer some difficult questions this offseason
May 6, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1)
May 6, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Teams are going to want Reggie Jackson

Yet another player who may have played his way out of the Nuggets’ budget is Reggie Jackson. Jackson had a resurgent season at age 34 and actually became a solid playoff contributor for Denver. He has a $5.2 million player option for next season, but he’ll likely decline it. Every team in the league could use ballhandling and shooting and that’s what Jackson brings.

At his age, he’ll be looking to cash in on a longer deal after his solid season and postseason. He could be a solid veteran role player for a team in need of some shooting punch and it’s just hard to imagine the Nuggets paying up for yet another aging backup.

It’s unfortunate for Denver that their role players who came through for them this season all seem to be older and entering free agency while many of the younger players who are under contract failed to impress.

But that’s the precarious position the team finds itself in and they are going to have to act accordingly. That is going to mean letting go of some older players who played well and taking some chances on younger players, either ones already on the roster, ones added through the draft, or potential trade/free agent targets. But someone is going to likely pay up for Reggie Jackson this offseason, and it shouldn’t be the Nuggets.