Tim Connelly Rumors
The Denver Nuggets have re-signed free agent forward Darrell Arthur to a multi-year contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Arthur, 6-9, 225, appeared in 70 games (16 starts) for Denver in 2015-16, averaging 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in a career-high 21.7 minutes per game. He made a career-high 45 three-pointers while shooting a career-best 38.5% from beyond the arc as well.
Miami Heat free agent Dwyane Wade is meeting with the Denver Nuggets’ hierarchy on Wednesday in New York, league sources told The Vertical. Wade has traveled to New York for meetings that will include Denver president Josh Kroenke, general manager Tim Connelly and coach Michael Malone, league sources said.
The first hurdle cleared was getting new Nuggets draft pick Juancho Hernangomez on the summer league roster. Check. He’ll be there. The next question is will he be on the roster in the fall. That is more complicated. “It’s the (general manager’s) decision, the coach’s decision, my family and my decision,” Hernangomez said. “So it’s our decision together.” Said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly: “We’re going to take our time, let him get a taste of the NBA, let our coaches get a taste for his game.”
Alex Kennedy: Spurs GM R.C. Buford, Pelicans GM Dell Demps, Nuggets GM Tim Connelly and many other execs at Relativity Pro Day. Draft eligible: Skal Labissiere, Juan Hernangomez, Elgin Cook, Shaq Goodwin, Kyle Collinsworth, Jaleel Cousins, Ilja Gromovs, Jamari Traylor, Torrance Rowe, Anthony Odunsi. Free Agents: Jarnell Stokes, Alex Stephenson, Bernard James, Dwight Buycks, Adonis Thomas, Ognjen Kuzmic, Chris Walker, Arnett Moultrie, Boubacar Moungoro, Ronald Reis, Antonio Barton.
Q: Does this team have a star, or do the Nuggets need one? Tim Connelly: No, at this point, you can’t say we have anyone on the team that is a star. We have guys who are trending that way. I think Gallinari, with more team success, would have been an All-Star this year. I’m so proud of how he bounced back from a major injury. He’s fully back, back better than ever. You’d be hard-pressed to find 10 tougher offensive matchups in the NBA. So I think internal improvement is always the first and most preferable course of action. Certainly we’re always looking for ways to better our roster. If during the course of conversations we can get a guy we deem a superstar, a top 15-20 player, we’ll be aggressive in doing so.