Following the signing of Ty Lawson, the Nuggets now have four large multi-year contracts on the books
- Andre Iguodala – $31 million 2 years
- JaVale McGee – $44 million 4 years
- Ty Lawson – $48 million 4 years
- Danilo Gallinari – $42 million 4 years
Note: Wilson Chandler is also on the books for another $6-7 million per annum for the next three years also.
The trio of JaVale McGee, Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari will be earning a combined $34 million a year for the next 4 years. Andre Iguodala has another $15 million a year for two years and will be expecting a contract extension in that price range once it expires which would take the Nuggets up to $50 million in guaranteed salary for the next 4 years.
That $50 million would eliminate any chance of the Nuggets making a big money free agent signing over the next few years. Now, combine that with the strong likelihood of Denver picking in the #18 to #24 range in the draft each year … and the Nuggets have major problems in terms of adding top quality talent to their current roster / talent base.
In summary, this screams out a lack of ambition from the Denver Nuggets coaching staff (George Karl), front office (Masai Ujiri) and ownership (Stan Kroenke). This acceptance of mediocrity and unwillingness to challenge themselves for something greater (title contention) is a slap in the face to Nuggets fans.
Nobody should expect Denver to compete for a title any time over the next 5+ years + given their current leadership, the Nuggets are facing huge long term problems beyond that.