Just how much can a playoff appearance shift the narrative that’s placed on a team’s regular season performance? If you’re the Nuggets, a lot.

If the Nuggets had won the winner-take-all game No. 82 in Minnesota on the final night of the regular season and broken their four-year playoff drought, they would have reached the postseason expectations a starved fan base placed on them at training camp last fall. Outside expectations have never breached the walls of Pepsi Center, but a minimum of two home playoff games would have injected the organization with more excitement ahead of next season. Instead, the Nuggets started their summers early for a fifth-straight year and enter the 2018 offseason with more questions than answers.

Here’s everything you need to know about Nikola Jokic’s contract status, how much wiggle room the Nuggets have to re-sign Will Barton and everything else that’s set to unfold over the coming months from the draft lottery to free agency.

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Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. Hear him every day on the DNVR Nuggets Podcast. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind