Denver Nuggets General Manager Tim Connelly had a little media availability session today at Pepsi Center. Following that, Christopher "Don't Call Me Chris" Dempsey filed a report of the Nuggets drawing near on a Danilo Gallinari extension, and the re-signing of Darrell Arthur.
Using some of the financial flexibility they gained in the recent Ty Lawson trade, the Nuggets are expected this week to sign free agent forward Darrell Arthur to a new contract and extend the contract of forward Danilo Gallinari, according to NBA sources.
Gallo was already back in the mix, but the news of Arthur's return are also no surprise. Darrell, an outdoorsman, has been around Denver for much of the offseason working out at Pepsi Center and enjoying life in the Mile High City. Arthur is a pro's pro and should provide the Nuggets youngsters with a player to mirror, both on and off the court.
We detailed the Nuggets roster situation earlier in the week, and here is another look at Denver's roster, as of now:
Nuggets roster as it stands now:
Teams are allowed to carry up to 20 players during the offseason, but they must trim the roster to 15 during the season, according to Larry Coon's Salary Cap FAQ. So, who is on Denver's roster as of now?
1.) Emmanuel Mudiay
2.) Jameer Nelson
3.) Randy Foye
4.) Gary Harris
5.) Will Barton
6.) Danilo Gallinari
7.) Wilson Chandler
8.) Kenneth Faried
9.) J.J. Hickson
10.) Jusuf Nurkic
11.) Nikola Jokic
12.) Joffrey Lauvergne
13.) Nick Johnson
14.) Joey Dorsey
15.) Pablo Prigioni (waived)
15.) Erick Green
16.) Kostas Papanikolaou ($4.8 million deal, must be decided upon by Oct. 4th)
Unrestricted free agent:
17.) Darrell Arthur (closing in on deal with the team)
18.) Ian Clark (might be a training camp invite)
That's 17 players (with Clark being a very unsure 18), and Denver would have to make two more moves to get to the roster maximum of 15. The candidates to not make the team come opening night? Foye, Hickson, and Green. Denver could easily find a taker for Foye, but they may value his voice and ability to log minutes at shooting guard. Hickson's deal should be difficult to move, but his $5.6 million is expiring. And Green could be waived as his $845K is not guaranteed.
My favorite move that I've seen mentioned on Twitter is from Court Zierk:
Cavs should let JR walk. Trade Haywood's non-guaranteed to Denver for Hickson/Foye. Everybody wins— Court Zierk (@CourtZierk) July 21, 2015
We'll find out more as information is made available.