Tim Connelly Rumors
If you take Murray’s averages from Dec. 1 to the end of the season (60 games), they were All-Star worthy numbers: 17.8 points, 45.9 percent shooting, 41.3 percent from the 3-point line, 90.1 percent from the free throw line, 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists per game. Murray had a team-leading plus-minus of plus-9.7 in April. And to think, he began training camp in a battle for the starting point guard spot. He ended it as the unquestioned starter, a player vital to any success the Nuggets were having, and a player the Nuggets view as a core player going forward. “He is a guy that likes to be challenged,” said Nuggets president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly. “I think he is a guy that has a chance to be special.”
The Nuggets approach this offseason with fewer sizable holes to fill, but that doesn’t make these next few months any less important for a franchise that will soon no longer be able to hang its hat on year-over-year improvement or the promise of a rising roster. The gauntlet has been thrown down. And the nuanced work of finding out how to improve Denver’s roster, with more constraints than ever before, has already begun. “How many times can you be the bridesmaid?” Connelly said. “All of us are, quite frankly, sick at this time of the year of having a press conference.”
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets Tim Connelly on if next season is playoffs or bust: “I think we’re there. How many times can you be the bridesmaid?… I think all of us are, quite frankly, sick of this time of the year having a press conference.”
Gina Mizell: Tim Connelly on Will Barton’s unrestricted free agency: “We’re hopeful we can get something done. He’s our guy. We love him. I think if he’s back in a Denver jersey, it’s good for both him and the team.” #Nuggets
Harrison Wind: Nuggets President of Basketball Ops Tim Connelly just spoke with the media here at Pepsi Center. Pretty much ruled out Denver being a player in the buyout market. Also had some comments about Torrey Craig’s two-way status going forward. Full update to come.
Jared Jeffries, the former Nuggets scouting director and ex-Knicks forward, told The Post that Emmanuel Mudiay desperately needed out of Denver before his entire career was shot. “I know how tough it was for [general manager] Tim [Connelly] and [owner] Josh [Kroenke] to let him go,’’ Jeffries told The Post in a phone interview. “They did the right thing for the kid. They could’ve held on to him to the point of no return and ruin his career. It’s really good the Knicks trusted what they believed at draft time and got him for a discount. If he’s on top of the world and playing great, you’re not going to get him for that.”