Aaron Gordon trade and 4 other genius Nuggets moves Calvin Booth nailed

Calvin Booth crushed these moves as general manager of the Nuggets.
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3. Signing Bruce Brown

Booth wasted little time in free agency. He was quick to sign Brown to a two-year deal with a player option after the first season. The 6’4 guard admitted things did not go as planned for him. There was limited interest and the money quickly dried up. The Nuggets offered $6.5 million and gave him a ball-handling role, which was more than enough to convince Brown.

He was the perfect fit in Denver. Brown has always been a stout defender and versatile offensive option, but Denver gave him more chances to handle the ball and plenty of open looks playing off Nikola Jokic. Brown came off the bench in the playoff but averaged 26.5 minutes per game and was a crucial part of their title team.

The 27-year-old got a two-year $45 million contract in free agency after winning the title in Denver. The Nuggets did not want to lose him, but could not match that money. It was a significant blow, but Calvin Booth nailed it by getting Bruce Brown to sign in the Mile High City. The Nuggets title may not exist if Brown signs elsewhere.

Booth helped the Denver Nuggets pull off a couple of crucial trades, including adding Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to their starting five.