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Undrafted rookie Jerrelle Benimon has reached agreement on a partially guaranteed two-year contract with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told RealGM.
Benimon is scheduled to sign his new Nuggets deal within the next day.
After averaging 10.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Denver in the Las Vegas summer league, showcasing a sharp jump shot and an abundance of activity, Benimon received a bevy of free agent interest. The Utah Jazz had been among several teams pursuing Benimon, but the 6-foot-8 forward had familiarity and equity with the Nuggets.
Benimon, 23, finished his four-year collegiate career at Towson. He scored 18.7 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds per game as a senior. He had started his college ball at Georgetown.
Green was the Nuggets' second round pick last year, played overseas in 2013-14 and will join the team for training camp next season.
The Nuggets have a need for a third point guard and Green fits that role. With Green, Denver will have 14 guaranteed contracts.
Green averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the Nuggets' summer league.
"I kept hearing 'He's only a scorer, he wasn't a point guard,'" Green said of his experience a year ago. "In my head I was saying I'm going to go out here and show everybody I can facilitate, I'm not just a scorer. Honestly, that hurt me more than anything. Instead of just being myself. If you don't like me for who I am, and I'm a scoring point guard, then maybe I don't belong. But there's a lot of scoring point guards (in the NBA). I think I can be one as well."
Chris Bosh received "strong" offers from multiple teams beyond the Houston Rockets, as the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers were also interested.
Bosh ultimately decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million deal.
"[There were] very enticing offers," Bosh said. "There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special."
Arron Afflalo has a player option for the 2015-16 season and anticipates declining it to become a free agent.
Afflalo was traded to the Denver Nuggets, returning to his old team.
"It's probably something that I always anticipated, even beyond when I first signed this deal with Denver," Afflalo said. "I knew my game, I knew my maturity, I knew I would grow as a player. And I wanted to have that option as I got older and I progressed as a player. So hopefully I'll out-perform my contract and put myself in a better situation. That was my intent from the beginning, even before this year, was to play out the four years and progress as a player."
Afflalo's name has also popped up in talks regarding Kevin Love.
"That's part of the business," Afflalo said. "If that happens, you remain professional and you move on. But I operate under what is, not what if and as of right now I feel like a Nugget again. If things change, they change. So, my mindset is simply shifted to what is.