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Nuggets’ Bol Bol gets a promotion as Denver makes flurry of moves to finalize roster

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Denver Nuggets forward (unicorn?) Bol Bol didn’t appear in a game during the pre-hiatus portion of his rookie season in 2019-20. In seven “seeding” games in the bubble, though, the former Oregon Duck displayed glimpses of the unique skill set that make him one of the more fascinating projects in the NBA.

At 7’2,  Bol Bol, 20, brings a surprising open-court passing ability and three-point range, and his potential defensive versatility gives him an infinitely high ceiling on that end of the floor.

According to Mike Singer of The Denver Post, Denver is all-but-assuring Bol a roster spot for his second season.

“The Nuggets also intend to convert Bol Bol from a two-way contract to a standard contract. He’ll fill the roster spot previously held by Keita Bates-Diop, who’s expected to be waived.”

Bol infamously slipped in the 2019 draft for reasons that still remain largely unclear, allowing Denver to grab him at no. 44 overall. He averaged 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per-36 minutes in limited action (12.4 minutes per game) in the seeding round. He made four of his nine three-point attempts, too.

His teammate, four-time All-Star Paul Millsap, heaped some high praise (and expectations) on Bol in the bubble in the wake of his mini-breakout run.

“Through this short time he’s shown that he can be a superstar in this league,” the veteran forward said, via Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports.

He appeared in four playoff games during the Nuggets’ run to the Western Conference Finals.

Denver has been working to fill the openings left by Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee — both of whom signed with the Detroit Pistons — and Torrey Craig, who will sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Nuggets signed JaMychal Green on Saturday and re-signed Millsap.

Denver also agreed to a two-year deal with center Isaiah Hartenstein, per the Denver Post. The team used its first-round pick on center Zeke Nnaji and drafted Marquette’s Markus Howard in the second round.

The Nuggets added forward Greg Whittington on a two-way deal, per Singer.