Northwest Notes: Nuggets, Jazz, J. Brown, Wolves

The Nuggets were quiet in free agency, but added a few more intriguing young players to their core this offseason, including Jamal Murray, Juan Hernangomez, and Malik Beasley. As Shaun Powell of writes, Denver may not be a playoff contender quite yet, but time is still on the team’s side.

Here’s more from out of the Northwest division:

  • Powell also takes an in-depth look at the Jazz‘s offseason, noting that Utah is a little further along in its rebuilding strategy. After putting together a strong nucleus through the draft over the last few years, the Jazz shifted gears this summer, adding some complementary veteran pieces to their roster. By declining to add another rookie to the mix, the club has signaled that its ready for a playoff push, writes Powell.
  • The Jazz, who have been bringing in several players for workouts recently, will take a look at former Lakers guard Jabari Brown today, league sources tell Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune (Twitter link).
  • Although they’re bullish about the Timberwolves‘ long-term future, the Basketball Insiders team still doesn’t expect Minnesota to finish higher than third or fourth in the Northwest division this season, with the Trail Blazers, Jazz, and Thunder all vying for postseason spots as well.
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