Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Nuggets sign F Juan Hernangomez.

This one is a little surprising for the No. 15 pick in the draft. Hernangomez is going to be in a pinch for playing time on a very deep Nuggets team, especially in the front court. The Spanish big man looked really good at Summer League, but he won't have much fantasy value in re-draft leagues.
Jul 29 - 5:52 PM

Gary Harris said that he has good chemistry with Nikola Jokic.

This is especially notable with Denver drafting Jamal Murray and head coach Mike Malone calling Jokic a player the Nuggets can build around. "We got a little chemistry going," Harris said. "I can kinda see what he's thinking just by his eyes, and he sees what I'm thinking." Malone has told Harris that he remains Denver's starting two-guard, but it's hard to envision a ton of direct touches with Jokic, Emmanuel Mudiay, Danilo Gallinari—among others—vying for a bigger role.

Juan Hernangomez is expected to join the Nuggets for the 2016-17 season.

He probably would see a lot more playing time if he stayed in Spain, but the Nuggets saw enough at the summer league to bring him over immediately. He averaged 10.2 points and 8.2 rebounds on 54.5 percent shooting from the field this summer, but he likely won't be a significant part of the rotation right out of the gate because they're loaded at the three and four.
Jul 22 - 9:28 AM

Jusuf Nurkic will suit up for Bosnia and Herzegovina during the FIBA qualifying tournament.

Nurkic will be competing for his national team in just a few weeks, and the games will go through September, so Nurkic's offseason has effectively ended. The fact that Nurkic will be participating in this tournament suggests he's completely recovered from the knee surgery that sidelined him for much of the 2015-16 season, so he should come into camp in great shape. He'll be a high-upside guy to take towards the middle rounds on draft day.
Source: FIBA
Jul 21 - 6:37 PM

Nuggets sign G/F Mike Miller.

Miller has officially signed a multi-year deal with the Nuggets and will continue to serve as a veteran option of the bench for Denver. After playing just 47 games in 2015-16, the 36-year-old won't carry any fantasy value into the 2016-17 season.
Jul 21 - 12:13 PM

Michael Malone called Gary Harris on draft night to assure him he will remain the team's starting two-guard.

The Nuggets' picked up combo guard Jamal Murray on draft night, but it doesn't sound like he'll be challenging Harris for the starting two-spot, as GM Tim Connelly had a similar message for Harris last month. Harris is one of the better two-way players in the league, and he should be able to get close to last year's averages of 14.3 points, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.5 triples on 48.0 percent shooting. The Nuggets' are trying to showcase Murray's ability to play the one and the two, so he shouldn't really eat into Harris' minutes.
Jul 19 - 4:55 PM

Michael Malone said that he believes the Nuggets can build around Nikola Jokic.

Jokic exploded onto the scene during the second-half of the 2014-15 season, putting up top-50 value in 9-cat leagues despite earning just 24.8 minutes a night with averages of 10.8 points, 9.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks per game on 48.9 percent shooting. Jokic proved that he's capable of offering solid value in limited minutes, so while he will have a bit more competition for playing time in a healthy Jusuf Nurkic next year, he still makes sense as an early mid-round target.
Jul 19 - 4:46 PM

Jamal Murray has officially signed his rookie contract with the Nuggets.

Murray will be in the rotation operating during his rookie season, and he showed flashes of his upside during summer league averaging 19.6 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting, although he could take a while to get things going as he'll be competing for minutes with and touches with Gary Harris, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay. Gambling on him somewhere in the later rounds makes sense.
Source: BSN Denver
Jul 19 - 4:31 PM

Mike Miller has agreed to a two-year, $5 million-plus deal with the Nuggets.

The Nuggets really don't need Miller and he's basically just a roster filler. Miller only played in 47 games last year, making just 35.5 percent from the field. He won't be in the rotation to start the season.
Jul 18 - 11:57 PM

The Greek team Panathinaikos is reportedly the "favorite" to sign free agent Victor Claver.

Claver could also draw interest from Anadolu Efes, which just lost Dario Saric to the 76ers, but the political situation in Turkey could prompt Claver to stay in Greece. There is no suggestion that he'll come to the NBA for the 2016-17 season.
Jul 17 - 11:02 AM

Jamal Murray scored 29 points in a loss to the Suns on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, three turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He started slowly with only five points in the first half, but he was awesome with 24 points after that. Murray has been inconsistent throughout Summer League and has been somewhat disappointing as a ball-handler. He will be in the rotation, but he's not likely to threaten the minutes of Gary Harris, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay right away.
Jul 16 - 8:23 PM

Juan Hernangomez scored 10 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes on Saturday.

He looked like he was going to have a huge game, making 5-of-6 to start the quarterfinal outing. However, Hernangomez made a couple defensive mistakes and couldn't find his shooting touch with five straight misses to end this one. He's a bit of a mystery for the roster, but the Nuggets might want to stash him to get him playing time. For what it's worth, he looks like he could be a player in a couple seasons.
Jul 16 - 8:19 PM

Nuggets' assistant coach Micah Nori suggested that Jamal Murray will be a part of the Denver rotation right away.

"To have a guy like Jamal that can create off the bounce, he can shoot it and help spread the floor, he’s going to find minutes," said Nori. "Jamal is going to fit right in and I’m sure he’s going to be an amazing player." Consistency has been an issue for Murray during summer league, but he did show his upside during Monday's 29-point explosion. He'll likely be the primary backup to both Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris during his rookie year, and he has appeal as a late-round target on draft day.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 14 - 3:38 PM

The Nuggets officially signed G Malik Beasley on Tuesday.

The Nuggets took Beasley with the No. 19 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, but with both Jamal Murray and Gary Harris ahead of him on the depth chart, he'll likely be earning a plethora of DNP-CDs during his rookie campaign.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 12 - 5:32 PM

Joe Alexander will re-sign with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to David Pick.

The No. 8 pick of the 2008 NBA Draft has played all over the world since leaving the NBA and looks to be staying in Israel for the near future. The 29-year-old is unlikely to return to the NBA at this point in his career and can be ignored by fantasy owners.
Jul 12 - 1:43 PM


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