Nuggets reportedly interested in reuniting with former fan favorite before trade deadline

Will the old Mr. Nugget return?

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Leading up to the Feb. 8 trade deadline, the Denver Nuggets are one of the top teams in the West. To prepare for what should be another deep playoff run, Calvin Booth could make a couple of minor acquisitions, potentially upgrading the backup point guard position.

The Nuggets' most significant need is another backup five for Nikola Jokic, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Denver added another scorer off the bench. Reggie Jackson shined as a starter when Jamal Murray missed time earlier in the season, but his inconsistencies have been an issue since.

Booth needs to be careful about messing with the team's championship chemistry, but there's one player the Nuggets have reportedly expressed interest in who wouldn't mess up the chemistry. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported that Denver has considered a reunion with none other than Monte Morris.

"I’ve also heard that Denver has considered acquiring former Mr. Nugget Monte Morris, who’s barely receiving any minutes in a crowded Pistons guard rotation this season after he missed time with a quad injury."

Kevin O'Connor, The Ringer

Denver linked to former Mr. Nugget Monte Morris ahead of Feb. 8 trade deadline

Morris spent his first five years in the league in Colorado before the Nuggets sent him to the Wizards as part of the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope trade, which worked out perfectly for Denver. Morris is now in Detroit on the worst team in the league. He dealt with a quad strain earlier in the season and has appeared in only six games for the Pistons after making his 2023-24 debut in late January.

He's in the final year of the three-year deal he signed with Denver and is set to be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. The Nuggets could get Morris for a cheap price, but of course, his future would be a question mark.

Denver has also reportedly expressed interest in Wizards guard Delon Wright, but between him and Morris, the former Nugget would be a better fit. The 4.5 points and 1.3 assists per game he's averaged with the Pistons aren't accurate depictions of what Morris can bring to a team.

In theory, a reunion with Morris sounds like a good idea. He could contribute to what will hopefully be another NBA title, which would be meaningful, considering he helped build Denver's current culture. It'd be a full-circle moment. The question is... Would Morris be that much of an upgrade over Jackson?

That's an answer Booth and the front office will debate!

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