According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Denver Nuggets have signed JaMychal Green.
Free agent JaMychal Green has agreed a two-year $ 15 million deal. Agreement with Denver Nuggets, with player option in second season, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 21, 2020
Green should be known by Nuggets fans as the invalid Los Angeles Clipper who was often found buried three pointers from the corner of the Western Conference Semifinals. After forward Jerami Grant signed a three-year, $ 60 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, the Nuggets were left to find a replacement for the perimeter defender and a three-point shooter that Grant had occupied so well in the playoffs. Green seems to be the replacement.
The Nuggets will be the fourth team for the thirty-year-old 6̵
The Denver Nuggets offered the same contract to Grant as the Stamps did (3 years, $ 60 million), but Grant wanted a bigger role, as I reported earlier. That is the decisive reason for his departure. https://t.co/7kY6No6paT
– TJ McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) November 21, 2020
Mike Singer of the Denver Post also reported at the time that the Nuggets were interested in JaMychal as a replacement. A few hours later and the deal is done.
As @denverpost first reported, Nugget’s interest in FA forward JaMychal Green was real.
They agreed on a 2-year $ 15 million deal, a league source said. Green’s addition is a significant pickup in the wake of the amazing Jerami Grant news. https://t.co/RQTWh8LrWm
– Mike Singer (@msinger) November 21, 2020
Even with Grant and still teammate Mason Plumlee, who also signed with the Detroit Pistons, no longer counting against the Nuggets cap sheet Denver does not have direct cap space to absorb Green’s new deal. The most likely scenario seems to be to use the Exception Intermediate Level Nuggets to sign Green. However, this would make use of just about all the dollars set aside for said exception, meaning the Nuggets would have very little wiggle room to make other free agent deals. With the reported signing of Facundo Campazzo early today, the Nuggets would almost certainly also have to use their semi-annual exemption money to absorb that deal.
Outside of these two exceptions, because Jamal Murray’s new contract has started, while both Will Barton, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic get the annual inequalities negotiated into their contracts, there is no room for maneuver for Denver. Paul Millsap also remains a free agent, and even though he should also cost far less than the $ 30 + million price tag he played last season, the Nuggets just do not have much left they can spend.
Millsap is still one of the few options for Denver. Because he is the Nuggets’ own free agent and has played for them for the past three years, the Nuggets have many opportunities to negotiate specifically with him. Most importantly, they can exceed the ceiling for signing him (the same goes for free agent Torrey Craig, with some small differences) or pick up another player in a sign and trade deal. Uncle Paul could well serve to stay here in Denver with Grant away. Green helps fill the void left by Grant’s departure, but the Nuggets are still very thin in the front spot, at least in terms of documented forward-looking. Michael Porter Jr. could be expected to see a big increase in minutes, but outside of him, Denver just has rookie Zeke Nnaji (if probably more of a center given the current lineup) and rarely used Bol Bol, Keita Bates-Diop and Vlatko Cancers on the list.
Without a doubt, Green is the first step to the backup plan after the Nuggets lost Grant. His signing eliminates some other options in the free agent market, but he is perfectly suited to fill a suddenly large gap in the list. Welcome to Denver JaMychal!