Denver Nuggets rookie head coach Brian Shaw said Tuesday afternoon that he would like to have three-point guards on the roster for the 2014-15′ season. You can’t blame him, as he has seen Nate Robinson go down with a torn ACL (Jan. 29th) and Ty Lawson missing multiple games this year with rib/ankle injuries. Could we see trade deadline acquisition Aaron Brooks back with the Nuggets next season? Possibly. He has provided a solid 1-2 punch with Ty Lawson in the backcourt. Just this past Sunday where Denver took on the Houston Rockets, Brooks would play in 47 minutes, scoring 24 points on 11-of-24 shooting, collecting 15 assists, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals in the overtime loss.
In Denver’s last five contests, Brooks has been solid by scoring 20+ points twice while averaging 15.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, shooting 50.0% percent from the field. He has also excelled at shooting from three-point land, going (12-for-25), 48.0% percent. Also, he has scored in double-figures in 12 out of his 24 games with the Denver Nuggets.
Another name to keep an eye on possibly next season for the Denver Nuggets is point guard Erick Green. Denver drafted Erick Green last year in the second-round, 46th overall out of Virginia Tech. He signed a one-year deal with Siena which played in the Italian League. Denver however has the rights to retain him after his one-year deal due to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Here is the explanation via Larry Coon:
If the player is already under contract to, or signs a contract with a non-NBA team, the team retains the player’s draft rights for one year after the player’s obligation to the non-NBA team ends. Essentially, the clock stops as long as the player plays pro ball outside the NBA. Players are not included in the team’s team salary during the regular season while the player is under contract with a non-NBA team.
For more of a background look at Erick Green, he was the NCAA’s leading scorer doing the 2012-13′ regular season, averaging 25.0 points in 36.4 minutes. He would shoot 47.5% percent from the field, 38.9% percent from three, and 81.6% percent from the charity stripe.