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Rumor: Denver Nuggets to sign Torrey Craig

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Looks like one of Denver’s two way roster spots may be gone

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According to Sportando, Torrey Craig is agreeing to a deal with the Denver Nuggets

Sportando is a legitimate news source for basketball, especially European league. However, no other outlets are reporting a deal between Denver and Craig at time of publishing. An article that goes into a little more depth says that a two-way deal for Craig is possible. This would make sense given that Craig is an undrafted player who has spent his younger years playing overseas. The two-way deals were put in place for players exactly like Craig. However, the Nuggets likely will use him as an emergency small forward and with two-way contract players limited to just 45 days at the NBA level, it may not make sense for the Nuggets to have a emergency player saddled with those contract limitations. A non-guaranteed deal for the 15th roster spot on the team would also make sense.

Regardless of the type of deal Craig gets, his performance in the Las Vegas Summer League undoubtedly warranted consideration for the Nuggets to sign him to a contract. Craig averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in just over 22 minutes a game while also providing some stellar perimeter defense a skill the Nuggets are severely lacking. Prior to summer league Craig has spent the past three years playing in the Australian and New Zealand NBL. While unlikely he will be a part of the rotation, we have seen in the past summer league players end up earning a deal and making an impact on the team. Alonzo Gee is probably the most successful example of this happening in Denver and while Jarnell Stokes’ time with the team last year was limited, he too earned his way onto the team through the summer league route. If Craig is indeed going to be suiting up for Denver this season, here’s hoping the Nuggets have found another diamond in the rough (or at the very least a cubic zirconia).