It appears Denver Broncos players are reaching to attract other athletes to play in the Mile High City for other local sports teams…
Last July, linebacker Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos went out of his way to recruit All-Star NBA forward Paul Millsap to play for the Denver Nuggets.
Marshall was successful.
He helped — if even in a small way — seal the deal between Millsap and the Nuggets. Millsap signed a three-year deal worth $90 million. Because of Marshall’s impact during the process, the Nuggets awarded him a jersey with his Broncos number on the back.
Fast forward to July 2018 where Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas appears to be doing the same with All-Star forward Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Butler is well regarded in the National Basketball Association as a star in private and public circles.
Also, Butler is a Denver Broncos fan. Both Thomas and Butler were working out together recently, evidenced on Thomas’ Instagram page.
Butler is not a free agent until the end of the 2018-19 season, but speculation is growing that he will not play with the Minnesota Timberwolves beyond this season.
If Butler, in fact, is traded or signs with the Denver Nuggets, Thomas will get some major appreciation for helping recruit another star athlete for a local sports team.
This is a great thing for a community with a heavy Denver Broncos focus. It will always be Broncos Country in Denver, however, it is refreshing to see Broncos players reach to star athletes in other sports to come to play in Colorado.
It still remains to be seen if Thomas will be successful, but it piqued the interest of fans and sports media in the state.
The Nuggets already have the look of a playoff team and Butler would provide the ‘star power’ that is missing and desperately needed for them to contend in the very tough Western Conference.