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Tim Connelly felt Nuggets’ roster ‘was pretty well in order,’ didn’t feel need to make big move

Jamal Murray, Nuggets

Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly felt his roster “was pretty well in order” and that making drastic changes wouldn’t have been smart.

The Nuggets did acquire power forward Jerami Grant from the Oklahoma City Thunder, a player Connelly and Denver have targeted for the past few seasons. But other than the addition of Grant, the Nuggets’ roster is the same from last season and Connelly is perfectly fine with that.

“We feel confident in our group,” Connelly told Marc Stein of The New York Times. “We’ve had the most success organizationally when we’ve been patient and developed internally. We felt our house was pretty well in order, so we could largely stay out of it, but the one significant move we did make was to bring in a player in Jerami that we’ve long coveted.

“We’re hopeful that our continuity will give us a bit of a kick-start. But the West is so talent-rich.”

The Nuggets, led by All-Star big man Nikola Jokic, won 54 games in 2018-19. They were the second seed in the Western Conference and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2019 playoffs in seven games.

Tim Connelly and his staff are hoping a year of playoff experience will help Denver take the next step in 2019-20. The Nuggets’ core is headlined by Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap.

Everyone in the Mile-High City is excited to see Michael Porter Jr. make his debut.

The small forward missed his rookie season recovering from back surgery.