The Denver Nuggets made a notable improvement last season, winning 40 games for the first time in four seasons, but were still not able to make a return to the playoffs, finishing one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. With their team full of young talent, and just on the edge of playoff contention, the Denver's goal this offseason is finding a way to get better -- specifically at the power forward position. One opportunity the Nuggets have explored, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, is jumping into a three-team trade along with the Cavaliers and Pacers that would net them Kevin Love, who of course is one of the game's premier stretch-fours.
Warriors season review: In the wake of the Warriors’ second NBA title in three years, The The seventh installment focuses on Damian Jones, who made major progress as a rookie. 2016-17 statistics: 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game Jones tore his right pectoral muscle while weight lifting 12 days before going 30th overall to the Warriors in last June’s NBA draft. After finally getting cleared for contact work in late November, he logged nine different stints with Golden State’s D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz. Jones’ development goals were modest: give consistent effort, attack the glass and grasp the spacing necessary to become a reliable interior defender. Over the course of several months, Jones cut down on fouls and emerged as a dominant two-way player in the D-League. Though he made significant strides with the Warriors’ minor-league affiliate, Jones had a tough time earning meaningful NBA playing time. Offseason outlook: With Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West having just finished one-year deals, Jones is Golden State’s only prototypical big man signed for next season. The Warriors will probably at least bring back Pachulia before rounding out the rest of their frontcourt with low-cost contracts. [...] head coach Steve Kerr said last week that Jones will have an opportunity to crack the rotation. The hope is that he makes the most of his time with Golden State’s summer-league team, continues to expand his arsenal of low-post moves and becomes comfortable banging down low with NBA-caliber players. Matt Barnes Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.