NBA Finals 2023 -- How Aaron Gordon turned into a perfect fit alongside Denver's offensive hierarchy - ESPN

2023-06-10 06:54:16  • 5 mins

MIAMI -- Calvin Booth would love to tell you that he and the Denver Nuggets front office foresaw a night such as Friday when they traded for Aaron Gordon in March 2021. That they'd run all the models and scoured hundreds of hours of tape on the burly forward and saw something in him that portended he'd be as perfect of a fit alongside Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray as he has been.

But in all honesty, the Nuggets general manager says, they were just looking to replace the production they'd lost when forward Jerami Grant left in free agency in 2020.

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"We didn't realize how talented he was," Booth told ESPN after Gordon scored a game-high 27 points in the Nuggets 108-95 win over the Miami Heat to take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals. "We didn't realize what a consummate teammate he was and how willing he was to sacrifice."

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