Practical Max Cap Space: –$6.4 Million
Nikola Jokic- $1.6 Million Team Option for 2018
Jamaal Murray- $7.9 Million through 2020
Mason Plumlee- $26.9 Million through 2020
Key Free Agents:
Best Free Agent Target:
The Denver Nuggets had the closest near-miss of all the non-playoff team losing to the Timberwolves on the last day of the regular season. They were a team that many expected to make the postseason but ultimately came up short. Despite this disappointing finish, there were a lot of things that Nuggets fans could hang their hat on as a positive. Their young core of Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic took a step forward in 2018 and looks like one of the best young groups in the entire NBA. When it comes to this offseason, there isn’t a lot of wiggle room for Denver to bring in new people. They spent a vast majority of the cap flexibility on Paul Millsap last season and his contract continues to be the biggest on the payroll. That is until they start negotiations with Jokic as he is eligible to start talks of a new extension now. Jokic will in all likelihood command a large salary that will further limit the options the Nuggets have to bring in outside help. With Will Barton being the biggest name to hit the market from their team, it is very likely they just run their squad back in 2019 with the addition of some cheaper veteran talent. One guy I could see Denver going after is Tony Parker, who is reportedly set to hit the free agent market and look to take offers from teams other than the Spurs. Parker would be a good veteran presence that will become a locker room leader and could be very influential on their young star in Murray. Even if Parker stays in Texas or departs for a French league, look for the Nuggets to sign a veteran point guard to help aid their young backcourt and provide stability as they look towards the playoffs in 2019.