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Nuggets letting Torrey Craig walk after pulling qualifying offer; forward reacts

Nuggets, Torrey Craig

The Denver Nuggets have pulled the qualifying offer on forward Torrey Craig, which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Craig actually tweeted before Woj broke the news and sounded pretty upset with the Nuggets’ decision.

Prior to making the surprising decision, Denver signed former Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green and re-signed veteran Paul Millsap after losing Jerami Grant to the Detroit Pistons.

Torrey Craig appeared in 58 games for the Nuggets during the 2019-20 regular season. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 61.1 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World against the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, Craig put up 4.5 points and 3.3 boards. The Nuggets lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals in five games after erasing two 3-1 series deficits against the Jazz and Clippers.

Craig finishes his Nuggets career with averages of 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 172 regular season games.

It’s going to be interesting to see where Craig winds up. While he won’t have a robust free agent market, some team will certainly add him to their squad.

As for the Nuggets, they are hoping stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray will use their playoff experience from the NBA bubble and take the next step in their development in 2020-21.