Nuggets, Sue Bird have had discussions about working for Denver

USA basketball athlete Sue Bird poses for a portrait during the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at Beverly Hilton.
Mar 9, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USA basketball athlete Sue Bird poses for a portrait during the 2016 Team USA Media Summit at Beverly Hilton. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

According to league sources, the Denver Nuggets and WNBA Champion Sue Bird have had discussions about potentially hiring Bird to work as an intern with the Nuggets. Nothing is official, but Bird did take time to travel to Denver to observe practice on Friday afternoon as a visitor.

Sources have told Mile High Sport that if Bird is hired, it would be as an intern. She has not retired from the WNBA and is expected to play with the Seattle Storm this upcoming season. Because she is still playing for the Storm, Bird would not be able to accept a full-time position with the Nuggets. That is what makes bringing her in as a possible intern so fascinating. Bird has a wealth of basketball knowledge and learning the NBA through an internship is the most efficient way for her to begin carving out a career once she retires as a player.

If Bird does eventually get hired as an intern with Denver, a Nuggets team source has indicated that she would be more involved in the front office and not as a coach. Mile High Sports has also learned that these conversations have gone on for the somewhere around two months, if not longer.

Again, nothing is official when it comes to Bird and the Nuggets coming to an agreement on an internship. Bird could just as easily continue in the WNBA and not become a member of the Nuggets this season so as to focus on the upcoming season. Still, this is a situation to monitor as the season progresses.

Bird finished the 2018 WNBA season averaging 10.1 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in 26.6 minutes a night while helping the Seattle Storm win their third WNBA championship.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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