Despite the depth and talent they have on the roster right now, the Denver Nuggets could not be done and might be on the hunt for a final piece to complete their puzzle. They count with Will Barton and Torrey Craig as small forwards right now, but the team still needs a defender to lock down some of the game’s biggest small forwards.
This situation could lead the Nuggets to work on a possible reunion with Andre Iguodala in a trade, trying to bring him back to a place where he enjoyed a season of success, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
To make this happen, the Nuggets could get rid of some players, trying to make room for Iggy. Miles Plumlee is in the final year of his contract with the team that will pay him $14 million, which could make a nice salary filler next to young prospects the Nuggets may have a tough time retaining like Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez.
They will also have six free agents next summer, as well as Jamal Murray’s max contract extension. Even though they have a good team, they still need something to take their level to the next dimension and adding Iguodala might be the last step to be considered real contenders in the West.
Iggy is owed $17-plus million for his services this season, and he has no plans to accept a buyout by the Memphis Grizzlies. Moreover, they are unwilling to pay him to go away and are keeping him separated from the team until they find his next destination.
Other teams like the Lakers or Clippers are following this situation closely, but they only can wait and see what happens. None of them count with the players to offer an appealing deal to Memphis for Iguodala’s services. Whichever team ends up getting Iguodala, they would be getting a very helpful player in their attempts to win it all.