Following Sunday night's loss to the Kyrie-less Brooklyn Nets, the Denver Nuggets have fallen to 5th in the West with a 14-7 record. Just a few months removed from a first-place finish in the conference last season, it's fair to say the Nuggets are underperforming through the first month of the 2019-20 campaign. They need a boost.
Reporting for Heavy on Sunday, Sean Deveney cited multiple league executives who revealed the Nuggets as possible players for Cleveland's Kevin Love.
The Nuggets have not been terrible, at 14-7, but there has not been the sort of breakthrough that was expected from this team, especially with Gary Harris (10.7 points) in Year 6, Nikola Jokic (15.7 points per game, down from 20.1 last year) in Year 5 and Jamaal Murray (18.1 points, 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, about the same production as last season) in Year 4. Love could be an ideal role player with the Nuggets, if they could cover for he and Jokic defensively.
As Deveney suggests, the Nuggets could use Millsap's deal to make the trade with Cleveland work numerically, and maybe include a few picks to sweeten the deal. And while Love is no defensive juggernaut, his rebounding and shooting ability would make quality additions in the frontcourt for Denver.
This season, the 31-year-old big man is averaging 16 points and 10.5 rebounds on 44% shooting.