The Denver Nuggets failed to end their playoff drought in the 2016-17 NBA season after finishing as the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference. With their eyes focused on the offseason, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly revealed that several incoming free agents expressed their intention to play with Nikola Jokic in Denver.
“This offseason, it’s been encouraging. We’ve had a handful of agents reach out to us and say ‘my guy would like to play with Nikola Jokic.’ I think that speaks well to our future, when guys want to play with someone it’s really encouraging,” Connelly said, per SB Nation’s Denver Stiffs.
Nikola Jokic deserves to become the Nuggets’ franchise player
It’s not surprising at all why some NBA players want to play with Nikola Jokic. With just two seasons in the NBA, Jokic showed his capability to carry a team and become a superstar in the league. He showed a massive improvement since his rookie season and currently considered as the Nuggets’ franchise player.
In 73 games he played this season, Jokic averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. He also shot 57.8 percent from the field, 32.4 percent from the three-point range, and 82.5 percent from the free-throw line. Jokic is undeniably a monster on both ends of the floor.
Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly didn’t give any specific name of incoming free agents who want to team up with Jokic. However, there is a possibility that an NBA superstar could be playing alongside Jokic next season. With their roster mostly consists of young players, the Nuggets need to add a veteran presence and star power if they want to contend for the title next season. If Jokic continues to improve his game, the Nuggets could win their first NBA championship title in the years to come.
Denver Nuggets won’t overpay for role players
Despite their need to improve their roster, Connelly said that the Nuggets will be careful in signing incoming free agents, especially role players. He revealed that they are already keeping an eye on several NBA players whom they believe could help them perform better next season.
“We will ‘dive’ in for a couple of guys. There’s two or three guys that we will be very aggressive with. What we don’t want to do is sign guys just to sign guys, overpay for role players. There are a couple of guys that we think will be difference makers for us and we’ll make a good pitch to those guys and if that doesn’t work out, we’ll essentially step back a bit and let the market develop,” Connelly said.