Since the Warriors grabbed their first NBA title in 40 years in June, NBA teams have undergone a number of changes over the summer break. NBA.com will evaluate the state of each franchise in the month of September with a look at 30 teams in 30 days.Today's Team: Denver Nuggets | All 30 TeamsWho's gone: Ty LawsonWho's new: Emmanuel Mudiay, coach Michael Malone, Kostas PanpanikolaouThe lowdown: Just when the Nuggets thought the 2014-15 season couldn't get worse, it did. It followed them into the summer. It forced them to unload their best player and get virtually nothing in return.Ty Lawson was troubled even before he was ticketed for suspicion of driving under the influence, and that was merely the last straw for him and a franchise that had seen enough. He's the Rockets' problem now after being dealt there this summer. Meanwhile, the Nuggets now attempt to sift through the rubble and find something to salvage going into a new season, one that doesn't look too promising.They'll have a new coach, and Michael Malone represents one of the few moves made by Denver recently that feels right. Malone was run out of Sacramento not because the Kings underachieved or he rubbed DeMarcus Cousins the wrong way, but because he refused to mesh with a quirky owner. As the son of a long-time NBA assistant coach, Malone knows the turf well and his strength is keeping good relationships with players. After the Brian Shaw experiment detonated in their face -- and it wasn't all Shaw's fault -- the Nuggets are all too happy with the promise of positive coach-player relations.Rather than add significant pieces, hard to do when the cupboard is bare of assets to trade, the Nuggets decided to spend on their own players this summer. It comes with a bit of risk, investing in players that couldn't pull the franchise out of its doldrums. But such is the way of things right now in Denver, a team on the rebuild.
30 Teams, 30 Days: Nuggets build around Mudiay, Malone
Nov 07, 2016