Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Yet Another Big Man Inked for the Nuggets

(Boulder-CO) The Denver Nuggets are in agreement in principle with power forward Reggie Evans that would lock him up for the next five years. Evans has been with the Nuggets since the last second trade before the trade deadline expired last season. Now the Nuggets definitely have one of the most formidable front lines in all of professional basketball.

The final financial details are not being released as of right now, but it is rumored that the deal will not violate the league’s luxury tax stipulations. With that in mind, I expect that the Nuggets will make a deal with possibly a combination of players that booster their back court. As of right now, the Nuggets only have three true back court personnel. Andre Miller is obviously the starting point guard, and at this point it looks like J.R. Smith will be his counterpart at the two. The Nuggets have Earl Boykins to relieve Miller, but unless Carmelo is going to be playing a little shooting guard, they have no other clear two guard.

Not that Carmelo isn’t capable of playing a lot of two guard, but that makes the Nuggets play their star player out of his optimal position. This is why I see another deal shaking loose a few, or maybe just one, of the Nuggets stacked front line.

Reggie Evans appeared in 26 games with two starts last season. He posted averages of 5.2 points and 8.7 rebounds. Evans is consistently in the league’s top rebounders per 48 minutes every year. While his offensive area is where he needs to improve the most, he did show promise last year. Reggie is a player that is fueled by pure desire on the glass and despite the, “Fruit Basket Grab,” on Kris Kaman last season in the playoffs. I like the fact that Reggie Evans is a Nugget.


Tymes Rhymes said...

Fruit Basket Grab, Ha ( that was funny in a sense) but seriously If K-Mart stays happy, we have a very, very, very deep front court, if we trade him, now that we may get Reg for 5 years, we would still have a fairly deep FC w/o him, this is a win/win situation.

Nugg Doctor said...

I couldn't agree more Tymes, but what will be really interesting is who the Nuggets target to help them out at guard. With so much depth, I really do expect the Nuggets to see what comes out of Kenyon's knee and go from their as far as who gets traded. This team is by no means complete yet, but the foundation does seem to be in place.