Northwest Notes: Nuggets, Blazers, Miller, Smith

With Paul Millsap, Jerami Grant, and Mason Plumlee all facing free agency this fall, the Nuggets front office may need to look outside the organization to fill newly-opened gaps in their frontcourt. Kendra Andrews of The Athletic assesses some big men for Denver to target this offseason.

Thunder center Nerlens Noel, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, and Suns center Aron Baynes are all free agents who could be solid fits at center spelling Nikola Jokic, in Andrews’ view, while Pacers center Myles Turner, entering the second year of a four-season, $80MM contract, could be available in a trade.

There’s more out of the Northwest Division:

  • Danny Leroux of The Athletic previews the offseason salary cap situation for the Trail Blazers, observing that team president Neil Olshey may have to make decisions on team depth, several veteran free agents on the team, and whether or not to offer a contract extension to fourth-year power forward Zach Collins, who will otherwise become a restricted free agent in 2021.
  • Having agreed to sell controlling interest in the Jazz to Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith, former majority owner Gail Miller will retain a 20% stake in the franchise, Tony Jones of The Athletic tweets.
  • Though the Jazz will miss the Miller family, who owned the team for 35 years, an excitement is building for young new Jazz owner Ryan Smith, according to Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune. Larsen writes that Smith is considered more willing to spend than the Miller clan has been over the decades, which could help Utah weather the storm of financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19 complications that are expected to restrict revenues in the 2020/21 season.
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13 thoughts on “Northwest Notes: Nuggets, Blazers, Miller, Smith

  1. Jason Lancaster

    A Nuggets Pacers trade makes sense in theory, but a Turner trade seems extremely unlikely without a third team getting involved.

    This rumor feels like it’s an agent trying to get their guy on a good team.

    • hiflew

      I agree. I don’t think the Nuggets are really in a position to either pay a back up center $20MM/yr for 3 years or switch to a “Twin Towers” style team. The last time that was successful was probably the 1986 Rockets with Hakeem and Sampson.

      • joe23

        Your point is still valid, but David Robinson and Tim Duncan would like a word.

        • Chief Two Hands

          Yeah how does a so-called “fan” overlook Duncan and Robinson when talking about Twin Towers? Oh yeah…Warriors “fan.”

          • hiflew

            Chief, first there is no need to be nasty. Second, Duncan was not a center, he was a PF. Third, I don’t give two farts about the Warriors, so maybe you are not as good a detective as you think.

        • hiflew

          I don’t consider Duncan a “tower.” He was a power forward. One of the best ever, but still a 4 that played the 5 out of necessity later in his career. When I think Twin Towers, I think two centers. No one was mistaking Olajuwon or Sampson for a power forward at any time.

        • hiflew

          I don’t consider Duncan a “tower.” He was a power forward. One of the best ever, but still a 4 that played the 5 out of necessity later in his career. When I think Twin Towers, I think two centers. No one was mistaking Olajuwon or Sampson for a power forward at any time.

            • Chief Two Hands

              Duncan and Robinson were regularly referred to as the Twin Towers.” Sorry for assuming you are a Warriors fan, though. I may have mistaken you for someone else. I was wrong about that and I apologize.

              • Chief Two Hands

                On a separate note, could you give one fart, aimed their general direction?

              • hiflew

                Accepted. I guess I was just in one of those moods. BTW, I am not a fan of any team in particular. I just follow former Kentucky players wherever they play.

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