Nuggets Mailbag: Any chance Denver goes after Tyler Bey in the NBA draft?

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Mike, do you see Denver chasing a guy like CU Buffs Tyler Bey in the draft? Given our depth, the one we choose is destined to be G-League bound, like Malik Beasley and Bol Bol for him. The boy would strengthen the defense and it would be nice to see a local man here on the next level.

Monty, Parker

I think Bey has some of the qualities that the Nuggets are looking for in their defensive versatility and his talent for rebound, but his offensive play isn’t as polished. The other question for Bey is his position. He is 6 feet 7, 216 pounds. I don’t know exactly which position he projects to the next level. That size isn’t big enough to be a four in the NBA and it doesn’t really have the offensive qualities (strong ball handling and consistent jumper) of a typical winger. If he fell in the second round, I wouldn’t be shocked if they got a pick and took a kite at him. They are still missing Derrick White.

Of the three postal players who might be out of the Nuggets’ books out of season – Paul Millsap, Mason Plumlee and Jerami Grant – who is most likely to stay? And who is most likely to leave?

– Jeff, Aurora

I am confident that Jerami Grant will return to the Nuggets next season. I’m just not sure if he’s going to pick up his player option in the end (due to a market low due to the pandemic) or test a free agency at such an uncertain moment. The Nuggets invested a lot in Grant when they traded a first round pick to Oklahoma City. It fits their ideal age range and offers coveted versatility on both sides.

Millsap is another question. Again, that much depends on where the salary ceiling and luxury tax are set once we get through the closure. I think he wants to come back and the Nuggets want him back, for the right price. I suspect he’s staying in Denver for a one- or two-year deal that pays him a lot, much less than his current $ 30 million salary.

As valuable as Plumlee has been, he can be the victim outside of this season. That means they rely on Bol Bol to develop into something of a backup center or plan to play quite a few small balls with Grant and / or Millsap.

What do you see as the possible trading packages to acquire Bradley Beal or Jrue Holiday out of season? They seem to be the two most realistic trading goals to get in to upgrade the starting lineup.

– Kavan, Parker

I’m not sure they are realistic, but they are alluring. Beal, in particular, is the one who can bring the Nuggets of a playoff team in the second round to a serious title-holder. It just depends on the Nuggets’ desire to be Michael Porter Jr. that did not exist until now. Consider where the Wizards are as a franchise. They need young assets and a lot of them. To even get into the conversation, Porter would probably need, Gary Harris (whose inventory has risen after a difficult year), salary filler and probably two first-round choices. After the February trading deadline, where the Nuggets reclaimed a first-round pick from Houston, Denver has all of its first-round picks moving forward. That’s a start. At some point, the Nuggets will have to wonder if they think their current selection is good enough or has the potential. Organizational support is still extremely high for Porter. I suspect they want to see what they really have in him before each transaction.

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