What Denver Nuggets Should Do with Each of Their Own Free Agents This Offseason
The Denver Nuggets seem to have finally perfected the formula for success this season, leaving management an even tougher task of determining whom to keep or let go this summer.
As the third seed in the Western Conference, the Nuggets have displayed themselves as a team with great chemistry capable of taking down elite squads.
With potentially four players set to hit free agency, Denver's front office could essentially make or break this team if it re-signs the wrong players.
While postseason success will likely decide whom the team chooses to bring back, some of these players should be re-signed at all costs.
Here is a closer look at the Nuggets' free-agency situation and whom the team should or should not bring back.
Julyan Stone, Restricted Free Agent
While developing youth on an up-and-coming roster is always important, now is the time for the Nuggets to let Julyan Stone walk.
Since joining the team in 2011, Stone has appeared in just 26 games and has missed the majority of this season recovering from offseason surgery.
Along with this lack of court time, rookie guard Evan Fournier has recently emerged as the team's primary prospect. In Fournier's last three games, the rookie guard has averaged 13.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals.
Although Stone does have plenty of upside to his game, his absence could prove to be too much to warrant a contract. With an already crowded backcourt, the Nuggets would be wise to part ways with Stone.
Corey Brewer, Unrestricted Free Agent
Corey Brewer is having himself one of his best seasons of his career, and the Nuggets should be looking to re-sign him.
Averaging 11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, Brewer has become one of the most important pieces off the Nuggets bench.
While his contributions on offense have been huge for the squad, what he has done on defense has made him a player Denver must keep. According to MySynergySports.com, Brewer has been a nuisance on defense, forcing his offensive counterparts to shoot a pedestrian 36.6 percent from the field.
Though Brewer's consistency from downtown (29.7 percent) has been an issue this season, what he does provide on a game-by-game basis offsets this negative. Brewer plays with consistent energy every game and is an ideal fit for this up-tempo squad. Denver must make it a point to secure Brewer at all costs this offseason.
Timofey Mozgov, Restricted Free Agent
The Nuggets have arguably the best collection of big men in the league, but that could end this summer.
Buried behind fellow centers Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee, Timofey Mozgov has had a tough time all season making it into games. In 39 games this season, Mozgov has averaged just 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game.
Although Mozgov is a more than capable center and has the size (7'1") to impact games, the Nuggets simply do not have meaningful minutes to give him.
While it's likely that the Nuggets will extend a qualifying offer to Mozgov, it's safe to assume that the center will obtain superior offers from other teams. If and when Mozgov does get those offers, expect the Nuggets to not match and let him go.
Andre Iguodala, Early Termination Option
Re-sign (If he terminates current contract)
In his first season with the Nuggets, Iguodala has helped turn Denver into a legitimate title contender. Averaging 12.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game, Iguodala has been able to impact ballgames in literally every facet of the game.
Whether it be on offense or defense, the ninth-year guard out of Arizona has seemingly been a perfect fit for the Nuggets' current system.
While Iguodala's shooting percentages are near career lows in almost every category*, the Nuggets need to re-sign him no matter what. Look for the Nuggets to offer Iguodala a multi-year contract worth somewhere in the ballpark of $50 million.
*44 percent from the field, 31 percent from three and 57 percent from free throw.