The Nuggets have a championship-caliber roster.
But Denver is far from a contender in its current state.
Michael Porter Jr. suffered a possibly season-ending injury. Who knows how long Jamal Murray, who remains sidelined after a torn ACL, will take to regain form? Actors PJ Dozier, Vlatko Cancar and Markus Howard are also long-term absentees.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone blasted his team in the harshest terms you’ll hear after they lost a 25-point lead to the Clippers on Tuesday in Los Angeles. “, Malone said. “…We had a lot of guys running away from the ball in the big moments.”
Denver won its next game by 32 (over the Trail Blazers).
All of these conflicting statuses and results leave questions as the trade deadline approaches. Will the Nuggets (21-19, sixth in the Western Conference) try to maximize this season from the best of Nikola Jokic or treat older rotation players for assets that can help when the roster is ideally healthier in years future ?
Denver Post’s Mike Singer:
Amid mounting injuries, the Denver Nuggets are actively looking for ways to improve their roster ahead of the trade deadline, two sources told the Denver Post.
With long-term injuries to both Michael Porter Jr. and PJ Dozier, the Nuggets’ primary target is a wing, a source said.
In addition to a wing, the Nuggets are also looking for a real backstop to fight opponents who play big, sources said.
We’ll see what the Nuggets actually pull the trigger on. They could simply estimate the cost of adding immediate help. Perhaps they are also exploring the sale, without it leaking.
But it’s like a pretty strong hint of Denver’s intentions.