The Nuggets roster has an open spot on it, but it's likely that Quincy Miller will fill that void. Although, the Nuggets also still possess a traded player exception in the amount of $13 million for Nene. That means the Nuggets could take back a player making $13 million a year or less by simply trading a draft pick for him.
Josh Smith, the moody power forward of the Atlanta Hawks, is entering the final year of his contract and will make $13.2 million for the 2012-13 season. He's athletic and can stretch the floor a bit, but would the Hawks trade him with Dwight Howard set to test the free agent market after the season? I'm not sure if the Nuggets TPE is for exactly $13 million or not. If it is, then the only way to trade for Smith would be to send out salary in order to acquire him. It is interesting that there is an open roster spot and Q. Miller has not been signed yet.
The Nuggets also have their Bi-Annual Exception (BAE) available in the amount of $1.957 million and their Partial Mid-Level Exception in the amount of $3.33 million, information courtesy of ShamSports.com. But can you find anyone on the following list you'd rather have than Josh Smith? Would you even want Josh Smith in Denver?
POINT GUARDS: Derek Fisher, Jonny Flynn, Gilbert Arenas, Jannero Pargo, Baron Davis, Sundiata Gaines, Mike Bibby, Earl Boykins, Mike James, Ben Uzoh, Ish Smith, Anthony Carter, Blake Ahearn, Manny Harris, Patrick Beverley
SHOOTING GUARDS: Leandro Barbosa, Martell Webster, Marquis Daniels, Michael Redd, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Maurice Evans, Sam Young, Terrel Harris, DeAndre Liggins, Jermaine Taylor, Xavier Silas, Bill Walker, Josh Akognon, Darington Hobson, Rashad McCants
SMALL FORWARDS: Carlos Delfino, Josh Howard, Matt Barnes, Alonzo Gee, Mickael Pietrus, Tracy McGrady, Josh Childress, Terrence Williams, Donte Green, Shawne Williams, Damion James, Bobby Simmons, Jason Kapono, Derrick Brown, Jamario Moon, Joey Graham, Damian Wilkins, Rasual Butler, Al Thornton, Adam Morrison, DaJuan Summers, James Singleton
POWER FORWARDS: Andray Blatche, Kenyon Martin, Anthony Tolliver, Ivan Johnson, Chris Andersen, Lou Amundson, Shelden Williams, Troy Murphy, Dominic McGuire, D.J. White, Yi Jianlian, Brian Cardinal, Brian Scalabrine, Leon Powe, Juwan Howard, Chris Wright, Malcolm Thomas, Hilton Armstrong, Eduardo Najera, Brian Cook, Chris Johnson, Francisco Elson, Lance Thomas
CENTERS: Darko Milicic, Ben Wallace, Greg Oden, Mehmet Okur, Kyrylo Fesenko, Tony Battie, Eddy Curry, Jamaal Magloire, Mickell Gladness, Mikki Moore, Dan Gadzuric, Erick Dampier, Solomon Alabi, Keith Benson