Unless something crazy happens next week, the Denver Nuggets will have a pair of Kentucky Wildcats on their roster next season.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Nuggets have extended a qualifying offer to Trey Lyles. What that NBA contract jargon means is that the former Kentucky forward will be a restricted free agent. Unless other teams want to get into a bidding war with the Nuggets, who can match any competing offer, Lyles will get another year in Denver.
Unlike his Nuggets teammate, Jamal Murray, Lyles produced a mixed bag of results in 2018-19. He shot 41% from the field to average just 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.
Maybe another year in Denver and some encouragement from Murray, his fellow Canadian-born baller, will inject some juice back into Lyles’ game.