Another ‘find’ from the UFA ranks.
The Denver Nuggets added Brandon Goodwin via two-way contract on December 13, 2018. The team had previously been granted an injury hardship roster spot and added Goodwin then but subsequently waived him before signing him to the two-way deal.
A product of Florida Gulf Coast University, Goodwin averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his senior season. Goodwin went undrafted in 2018, possibly because of an incident that saw him dismissed from the University of Central Florida.
However he got to the Denver Nuggets, GM Connelly saw enough to attach the youngster to the Nuggets roster for the 2018-19 season.
Depth at the point hurt Goodwin’s opportunities, a situation that should improve for him with the imminent departure of Isaiah Thomas. Jamal Murray and Monte Morris have a lock on the position for the foreseeable future but Goodwin is a great insurance policy.
If the Nuggets have truly found another diamond-in-the-rough in Goodwin, the possibilities are bright. Many NBA teams would be pleased to bring in a solid backup point guard and from that standpoint, Goodwin or even Morris could be great sweeteners for a trade deal.
Not that we are advocating trades for the Nuggets but you never know what piece Connelly or Malone feel will push the Nuggets to a championship contender. Mostly we feel those things are in-house but again, there are questions at both forward spots that may or may not be answered by the current group.
Let’s hope Brandon can accelerate like Monte did, there are worse problems the Nuggets could have.