The Denver Nuggets made two moves today, first waiving center Tyler Zeller and signing guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract.
In limited time this preseason, Zeller only managed to produce 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds on 33% shooting. With the Nuggets’ depth at forward and Bol Bol already taking up a two-way contract, Zeller was simply the odd man out and caught behind a lot of talent at power forward and center.
Dozier came into training camp on the outside looking in but produced in his minutes during the preseason. Coming off an impressive game again Portland on Thursday night, Dozier showed the Nuggets that he could be a versatile ball-handler and scorer. In four preseason games, the 6’6 guard averaged 6.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 steals in just 8.5 minutes per game. The Nuggets even waived Tyler Cook, who first possessed the two-way contract slot, to make room for Dozier.
It is unlikely we will see much of Dozier for awhile, but his size and potential give an already deep team even more talent to cultivate. He should make an impact in the G League this year and serve as an injury replacement in Denver’s backcourt.