The Denver Nuggets Have a Busy Summer Ahead

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With the NBA Playoffs in full swing and the Denver Nuggets awaiting the Draft Lottery this summer is pivotal to the progress of the team.

Last summer I wrote a “trust the process” piece.  I still believe the Denver Nuggets are at more of a fine-tuning point than the perpetual state of build/re-build that they’ve been in since the departure of Carmelo Anthony, George Karl and Masai Ujiri.

The core trio of untouchables on the roster are the best in team history.  Gary Harris has been paid and  Nikola Jokic will receive a max extension this summer (unless the Nuggets brass has a stroke). Jamal Murray has one more year of rookie contract before his big payday.

The minefield that is the offseason for Denver begins May 15th with the NBA Draft Lottery. The Nuggets have a 0.5% chance at the first pick and a 1.8% chance at a top-3 pick.  From there things just get more difficult for Tim Connelly and Arturas Karnisovas.

We’re going to take a deeper look at some of the challenges facing the Nuggets this summer: