Nuggets Withdraw QO For Torrey Craig, Making Him UFA

The Nuggets have withdrawn their $2.5MM qualifying offer for swingman Torrey Craig, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). As a result of the move, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

Craig, who will turn 30 next month, averaged 5.4 PPG and 3.3 RPG in 58 games (27 starts) for Denver in 2019/20, providing the team with solid perimeter defense. However, he became a victim of a roster crunch in Denver.

According to Wojnarowski, the Nuggets valued Craig, but are simply running out of roster spots with which to comfortably bring him back on a guaranteed deal.

Even having lost Mason Plumlee and Jerami Grant, Denver added Zeke Nnaji and RJ Hampton in this week’s draft, is retaining Paul Millsap on a new deal, and is bringing in JaMychal Green and Facundo Campazzo in free agency. The club also reportedly plans on promoting two-way player Bol Bol to its standard roster.

The Nuggets are also emerging as the frontrunners to sign forward Greg Whittington to their roster, as our JD Shaw reports (via Twitter).

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10 thoughts on “Nuggets Withdraw QO For Torrey Craig, Making Him UFA

    • Curtisrowe

      If he could hit the three just a bit better he would be very good.

  1. Theone23

    Capable wing defender, can hit some 3s. I can see someone giving him a 2 year, vet minimum deal to be the 9th or 10th guy in the rotation

  2. wright0525

    Let’s go Lakers! We need some defense for the second unit. He’s only going to get the min.

  3. Reflect

    Should have kept him for a trade but it probably won’t matter in the end.

  4. milehighmark

    I’ve got to give a little credit to the Nuggets for cutting Craig loose. It might look like they dogged on him, but I think they did him a favor. Now he can negotiate without the worry by his suitors that the team will match their offer. Torrey steps up in crunch time and has earned a chance for a raise. He will get another job.
    He deserves to get a decent deal, one that the Nuggets probably wouldn’t be able to offer him. If he doesn’t get a deal someplace my bet is that the Nuggets would welcome him back on the cheap. They like Torrey a lot and know he deserves more than they can offer him. this gives Torrey the best chance to do just that. Good luck to you TC!

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