Denver Nuggets have a new GM
The Denver Nuggets recently announced that Calvin Booth has been named the new general manager of the team. President of Basketball Operations, Tim Connely, made the official announcement, and Booth will begin his new role immediately.
Booth is currently in his third season with the Nuggets and has been working with the front office since 2017. He was named Assistant General Manager before the 2017-18 season, and he was a natural choice to fill this vacant position.
Denver has been one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association since Booth has joined the franchise, and he is credited with helping make several important draft selections. The team made it to the Western Conference Semifinals a season ago, and are favorites to win the Western Conference in 2020.
Booth has helped the Nuggets land important players such as Bol Bol, Michael Porter Jr., and Monte Morris. These three players are expected to be a part of the Nuggets core over the next few seasons.
The Nuggets were looking for a new GM after Arturas Karnisovas left the team to sign a deal with the Chicago Bulls. Karnisovas was credited with turning the franchise around, and Booth will have some big shoes to fill.
Booth began his career as a scout with the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2012-13 season, but quickly took a new job with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves employed Booth as a scout in 2013-14 before promoting him to a new role with the organization.
The new GM played his college basketball at Penn State University and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1998. He was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft and averaged just over three points per game during his short career in the NBA.
Nuggets Continuing to Practice
The Denver Nuggets continue to prepare for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA regular season, but they are still without their most important piece. Nikola Jocic has yet to arrive in Orlando with the team, although he is expected to arrive soon.
Jokic tested positive for COVID-19 while at home in Serbia, and that has delayed his arrival in Orlando, Florida. The Nuggets have announced that Jokic is without any symptoms, and they are hoping to get their All-Star center with the team soon.
The Nuggets arrived in Orlando over the weekend, and all members of the traveling party have passed the 48-hour self-quarantine stage. The team has held at least three practices since arriving in the bubble, but they are still missing their most important piece.
Denver has not played since March 11, and they suffered a disappointing 113-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on that date. The Nuggets are still in great position to be a top-four seed in the Western Conference, but they need Jokic to be in the mix.
The Nuggets are set to resume their season on Aug. 1 as they take on the Miami Heat. Let’s hope more sports get back and running so we can get back to betting on sports in the state.
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