NBA Rumor: Mason Plumlee Free Agency

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Mason Plumlee: I am thrilled to be a Denver Nugget. I am grateful that we got a deal done and excited for the challenge of the season to come. I meant what I said when I was traded here last year. This is an exciting, talented young team with a bunch of high character guys and I’ve always admired the loyalty and dedication of Nuggets fans. With some of the big additions this summer and another year of experience for the young guns, I believe this team can compete with anyone in the league.

I want to get to know you. Like I said, my time in Denver was brief last season. I want to meet the people of this amazing city and explore as much as I can. I can’t wait to check out the galleries on Santa Fe, sample some of that Colorado green chile and see the Rockies in all their glory. A friend of mine told me about the “Mi Tierra” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, so definitely adding that to my list. Any other fun ideas reach out on social media, or text me anytime on my Superphone at 931-805-4447. I want to hear your recommendations. I want to know what makes Denver great and why everyone keeps moving here.

The plan is to sign center Mason Plumlee to a new contract. Plumlee came to the Nuggets in a trade deadline deal with Portland. “Mase brought a lot of what we thought he would bring – intensity, a vertical threat at the rim,” Connelly said. “An athletic big. A very good passer. It’s not an easy transition going from a starter to the third or fourth big. … When we traded for him, we traded for him for the purpose of bringing him back. Barring something unforeseen or some dramatic shift, we’re pretty excited to talk to his representatives this summer and figure something out.”

For Plumlee, the benefit of waiting to test the free agent market is a rising salary cap in 2017 and the chance to showcase his ability for one more season, while the benefit for the Blazers is a bigger sample size upon which to make an offer. “I’ve always thought your value can go up if you play on a good team,’’ Plumlee said. “When you are in the playoffs and GMs on losing teams look at you … everybody looks good on a winning team. We are a better team this year than last year, and I think my value could go up over the season.’’
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