Jimmy Butler in Denver — the notion is worth discussing. The Denver Nuggets were one of the surprise teams of the 2018-19 NBA season, winning 54 games and stampeding to the second seed in the Western Conference. The surprises have continued into the postseason, where the Nuggets earned a hard-fought series win over the San Antonio Spurs, and now have the chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals with a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
With a legitimate MVP candidate in Nikola Jokic and a host of young and talented players — Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley and Monte Morris — the Nuggets have one of the more intriguing rosters in the league, given their place as a rising power under head coach Mike Malone.
Denver is in an equally fascinating position this summer. It has a team option on veteran forward Paul Millsap’s $30 million contract, and faces a decision that could ultimately give the team the space to offer a max contract in free agency.
Of course, the point will be moot if the Nuggets pick up Millsap’s option. But if they decline, they could offer one of the most desirable destinations for any max-level player.
With this in mind, is it possible that the Nuggets would take a look at signing current Sixers star Jimmy Butler?
From a rotational standpoint, Butler might be the perfect fit. The Nuggets lacked a true small forward with his size. Harris, Beasley and Will Barton are all more suited to the shooting guard position. At 6-8, Butler would provide more length–especially defensively–on the perimeter while still being able to shoot from the outside and create his own shot.