With the draft just over two weeks away, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly addressed the media Wednesday afternoon at Pepsi Center following Denver’s third pre-draft workout in as many days. Connelly spoke on a number of subjects including what the Nuggets’ draft night approach will be, Denver’s plans in free agency, ways they could shed salary and how the organization plans to take another step forward into the playoffs next season.
Here are the key takeaways from Connelly’s 15-minute question and answer session:
Lessons were learned from last year’s “bizarre” draft night
There was no hiding the disappointment on Connelly’s and general manager Arturas Karnisovas’ faces after draft night last summer when the Nuggets traded back from the 13th overall selection and wound up with Trey Lyles and the 24th pick that Denver used to select Tyler Lydon.
Between a three-way trade with Indiana and Cleveland that fell through at the last minute and the Raptors selecting OG Anunoby 23rd overall — the player many around the league believe the Nuggets were targeting at 24 — Denver wasn’t thrilled with how its night went.