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The Denver Nuggets are immersed in uncertainty, which could make them amenable ot taking on a player wiht proven production like Boozer.
Danilo Gallinari and Ty Lawson are promising youngsters, but they need leadership. Al Harrington can score but he is no leader, and with three of Denver's free agents having already bolted fo rChina, the Nuggets could be in the market for a talented veteran.
Denver's first and second priorities will be determining the futures of Nene Hilario and Arron Afflalo, but if either, or both, decide they want to start anew with a contender, the Nuggets will become that much more desperate. This especially true if Nene is the one to walk.
Nene is only 29, but this will most likely be his last long term contract, a deal he may not want to ink wiht a rebuilding team. If he leaves, so does any low-post production.
Boozer is not a defensive stalwart, but neither is Nene. No, he's not a center, but he crashes the boards and when healthy, can score in the post as well as any big man.
After the Kenyon Martin disaster, many may believe that the Nuggets are unlikely to take a chance on an expensive, oft-injured power forward, but Boozer's production when healthy is at least consistent.
Furthermore, Boozer's contract only has four more years remaining as opposed to seven, and after all the money they poured into Martin, Boozer's contract may not seem so bad.