The Nuggets are in active pursuit of small forward Alonzo Gee, writes Shams Charania of RealGM. Gee cleared waivers today, two days after the Kings waived his non-guaranteed deal. Gee was set to make $3MM this season, and while the Cavs and three other teams unloaded him in trades this offseason before the Kings cut him loose, it appears there’s still interest in him, at least at a cheaper price.
The Happy Walters client started all 82 games for the Cavs in 2012/13, but coach Mike Brown, in a one-season return to Cleveland, cut Gee’s minutes per game nearly in half this past year. The 27-year-old averaged career highs with 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 29.0 minutes per game as a part-time starter for Cleveland in 2011/12.
Denver has close to $4.8MM left on its mid-level exception, so the Nuggets have the capacity to exceed the minimum for Gee should they desire, even though it seems a minimum deal would be the most likely outcome. The team only has 13 fully guaranteed pacts, with a total of just $235K in partial guarantees to Quincy Miller, Jerrelle Benimon and Erick Green, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Nuggets laid out a full guarantee in their offer to Gee.