NUGGETS NOTES: Coaching changes, player signings and cheerleader try-outs. Who says July is boring?
The Denver Nuggets are currently in Las Vegas, playing a little Summer League ball, but that’s not all that’s happening in Nuggs Nation.
The Nuggets Dancers will be holding their auditions for the 2016-2017 season starting tomorrow, with a final lineup to be selected by the end of next week.
Pinckney is One-and-Done
Ed Pinckney has resigned from his position as lead assistant, yet another major move in a season of coaching upheaval for the Nuggets.
Pinckney was hired last July and still had two years remaining on his contract.
The Ringer: Nuggets on the Verge of Relevance
Danny Chau, an associate editor for Bill Simmons’ new site The Ringer, has written this very interesting piece on the Nuggets’ slow-build strategy.
He notes that “cult teams teach the value and agony of patience, as fans have to wait to watch a core solidify and provide a verdict. The Nuggets’ sudden infusion of talent last season has given them a light at the end of the tunnel — and like the Earth itself, their core is fluid and brilliant.”
Malik Beasley Signs Rookie Deal
The Nuggets signed the first of their three first-rounders on Tuesday. Malik Beasley out of Florida State University signed a 2-year deal worth $2.77 million. The Nuggs will hold options for years three and four.
Barton Heads to Bangkok
Nuggets guard Will Barton is traveling to Thailand as part of Jr. NBA to help coach kids in the developing world.
“I’m looking forward to meeting and training with the future basketball stars of Thailand,” said Barton. “The Jr. NBA participants have worked very hard for their spots at the National Training Camp, and I can’t wait to share my skills and knowledge with all of them.”