Report: The players the Nuggets considered adding before signing Troy Daniels
The Denver Nuggets signed guard Troy Daniels on Thursday, but before adding the sharpshooter, the Nuggets considered adding a couple of other players.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Denver looked at both wing Iman Shumpert and big man Joakim Noah, the latter of whom has not even played in the NBA this season.
Ultimately, the Nuggets, who were in need of another 3-point shooter, settled on Daniels.
Daniels began the year with the Los Angeles Lakers and played in 41 games with the club, averaging 4.2 points over 11.1 minutes per game while shooting 39.2 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 62.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lakers ultimately ended up waiving Daniels, who was a disappointment in Los Angeles, to clear a roster spot.
Daniels played his collegiate basketball at VCU and went undrafted in 2013. He eventually landed with the Houston Rockets, where he played in five regular-season games in the 2013-14 campaign and actually ended up playing a rather pivotal role in the Rockets’ first-round playoff series.
Since then, Daniels has been a journeyman. He split the 2014-15 season between the Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves and has since played for the Charlotte Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns before signing with the Lakers this past summer.
The 28-year-old owns career averages of 6.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game while making 40.1 percent of his field goal attempts, 39.7 percent of his long-distance tries and 79.9 percent of his foul shots.
Shumpert played 13 games for the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season but really struggled with his shooting. Noah played for the Memphis Grizzlies last season, but Achilles rehab hurt his chances of signing with a team this season. He insists he’s healthy enough to play now.
The Nuggets are 42-20 on the season and currently sit in third place in the Western Conference standings.