The Denver Nuggets are coming off the best season in franchise history after winning 57 games last year, but now they head into the offseason without their head coach, general manager and best player, leaving a huge void as the team tries to retool and the top two options right now are Nate Robinson and Mike Miller.
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According to ESPN.com, the Nuggets are one of the top contenders along with the Knicks for Nate Robinson, as he is one of the last top names and offensive stars on the market. The talk about Robinson has been slow and steady, but now that the top tier free agents are gone, many teams have looked at Robinson as a possibility for their roster. The Nuggets are now without GM Masai Ujiri, who won exec of the year and was responsible for pulling off the Carmelo Anthony trade, coach George Karl, who won coach of the year, as well as Iguodala, who is now with the Warriors after leaving in free agency.
The Nuggets are going to look very different after all those deals and now the team may bring in Robinson or Mike Miller on a contract. Robinson played very well for the Chicago Bulls last season and in the playoffs while helping make up for the loss of Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich and after scoring 27 points against the Heat in the Game 1 win, he could have some suitors. The Knicks will take him if he signs for the minimum, while the Nuggets may not sign him if they can get Miller, who was let go using amnesty from the Miami Heat.
Miller helped the team go to three straight finals and win two straight titles and he was owed over $12 million in salary and now the team will save up to $17 million in tax penalties due to the move. Miller was injured for most of last season and averaged less than five points per game during the year, but he stepped up in a huge way during the finals and shot over 60 percent from long range during the final four games against the Spurs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have also shown interest in Miller and he said that he was ready to play next season. "I'm excited about the next spot. I'm re-energized. I really am. I'm just feeling healthy. I'm ready to play. I started to get back in [the gym] again last week and I can't wait to play again next year."