Calvin Booth Rumors
Prior to Connelly leaving Denver, Booth was already leading weekly Zoom calls with the Nuggets’ front office where staffers discussed and debated players and prospects. He has been running the Nuggets’ day-to-day for at least the last year. “He’s the best talent evaluator I have ever been around,” one high-ranking NBA scout told DNVR.
“I think you need all aspects of information when evaluating players, but I think sometimes people overlook certain things,” Booth told DNVR. “If I was only data-driven on the Peyton Watson decision, I don’t know if I would have taken him. But my experience as an NBA player and seeing guys like that and seeing how other players respond to that guy on the floor is all part of our discourse in the room.”
The Denver Nuggets have signed two-time MVP center Nikola Jokić to a multiyear contract extension, KSE Vice Chairman Josh Kroenke and General Manager Calvin Booth announced today. Jokić was named the 2021-22 KIA NBA MVP, becoming the 13th player in NBA history to earn back-to-back MVP’s and the first center to do so since Moses Malone in 1982-83. He was the first player in NBA history to average 25+ points, 13+ rebounds and 6+ assists for an entire season and he also became the first player in NBA history to record at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season. Joker became the first Nugget in franchise history to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player after his stellar 2020-21 campaign earned him that distinction.
Harrison Wind: More on Ryan Saunders: I heard he was nearly hired to Michael Malone’s staff a year ago, but it got derailed at the last minute. Saunders was an observer at Nuggets training camp last season and Calvin Booth knows him from his days in the Minnesota front office.
Calvin Booth on Nikola Jokic/Jamal Murray reaction: “Both of them are pretty chill guys. (They were) kind of surprised about Tim a little bit, but understood he had a great opportunity that he had to go for. But kind of business as usual. I think both of them are comfortable with me and the vision that I have for the team.”