Draft Picks Coming: 2014 first round (New York); 2014 second round (Portland); 2015 second round (LA Clippers, protected 31-55); 2015 second round (Memphis, cash alternative); 2016 first round (New York, right to swap)
Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Orlando); 2015 second round (to Minnesota); 2016 second round (to Philadelphia); 2018 second round (to Utah)
Trade Exceptions: Andre Iguodala ($9,870,000), expires July 10, 2014
Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax
Amnesty Provision: Used on Chris Andersen (2012)
Stretch Provision: Available
Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer
No team had more of an offseason management upheaval than the Nuggets, which was odd considering their franchise-record 57 wins. Before even addressing their roster, they had to replace their GM, assistant GM and coach.
Replacing Masai Ujiri as GM was Pete Connelly, the former assistant GM of the Hornets who was greeted by Andre Iguodala opting out of his contract – and leaving for Golden State. Connelly scrambled to turn it into a three-team sign-and-trade, landing a $9 million trade exception from the Warriors and combo guard Randy Foye from the Utah Jazz.
Connelly also added J.J. Hickson at a relative bargain price of $5 million, given the double-double he averaged last season. Hickson played some at center for Portland last season and could find minutes in the middle in Denver as well.
That’s because Connelly appears to be following the mandate of ownership to get more playing time for high-priced JaVale McGee – an issue that contributed to coach George Karl’s exit – when he traded starting center Kosta Koufos to Memphis for Darrell Arthur.
Timofey Mozgov appeared to be headed for Europe before Connelly overpaid for him, perhaps because he had a nightmare about McGee trying to play center for 40 minutes a night, which he never has done in his career.
And as if primary ballhandlers Ty Lawson and Andre Miller were not enough, Connelly also signed Nate Robinson, whose effectiveness is directly proportional to how much he controls the ball.
Now that Foye and Hickson are on board, Connelly may be looking to move Miller and Anthony Randolph. The Nuggets do not have room under the cap next summer, when Faried will be eligible for an extension.