Jerami Grant hopes to help youthful Nuggets take next step

Published 7:21 p.m. ET July 11, 2019 | Updated 7:53 p.m. ET July 11, 2019

DENVER (AP) — Jerami Grant’s introductory news conference turned out to be a real show stopper.

Actually, more of a sound-check interrupter.

Between rehearsals before an Ariana Grande concert Thursday at the Pepsi Center, the newly acquired Denver Nuggets big man chatted about how defense just may be his best attribute and how much he was looking forward to playing alongside All-Star center Nikola Jokic.

It was all music to the Nuggets’ ears.

The acquisition of Grant in a deal with Oklahoma City was the only significant change the Nuggets have made so far in the offseason. It could be just the move they needed to keep pace with the rest of the Western Conference.

“The year we’re coming off of, to add a guy like Jerami, I’m as excited as I’ve ever been with any team I’ve been associated with,” said Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, who surrendered a 2020 first-round pick to the Thunder in the deal.

The youthful Nuggets are banking on cohesion to improve on a season that saw them go 54-28 and earn the No. 2 seed in the West. They’re basically running it back even as…

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