Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Rudy Fernandez said he will not be leaving Real Madrid this season.

There were rumors that the 31-year-old might join the 76ers, but Fernandez poured cold water on those reports. "At no time did I consider leaving Madrid," Fernandez said. "I know that Madrid has given me and my family a lot. I’ve been at the club for five years and I am delighted with the team, with the project, with the new infrastructure we have, and staying was always my first choice." While the NBA isn't off the table, Fernandez won't have any 2016-17 fantasy value.
Sep 27 - 12:15 PM

Coach Mike Malone said having Wilson Chandler (hip) back is "such a blessing."

The 29-year-old forward missed the entire year last season due to hip surgery. He's also been somewhat injury prone in his career, missing an average of 51 games per seasons since 2011-12. The Nuggets will likely want to use him in smaller lineups as a stretch four at times, but there's no reason to draft him in almost any format yet.
Sep 26 - 1:54 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he expects Emmanuel Mudiay to be more vocal this year.

The coach added his starting point guard has been working extremely hard. After a horrific start to his career from an efficiency standpoint, Mudiay put in a ton of work to tweak his shot mechanics. His post-break true shooting percentage (47.7) was 7.0 percentage points better than pre-break (40.7), so there is a chance he can get over the 50.0 hump there. The inefficiency makes him a risk, but he has upside late in standard drafts. He's even more appealing in points leagues.
Sep 26 - 1:50 PM

Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray will have some growing pains.

He added the Nuggets are prepared to endure the early-career struggles. Murray only played one season at Kentucky and most young score-first guards take some time to adjust to the NBA, so it would be a surprise to see have a big rookie season -- Devin Booker not withstanding. Murray has always said he wanted to play some point, but he's had a sub-1.0 assist:turnover ratio at UK and at Summer League. Growing pains aside, Murray could be a difference maker in the next few seasons.
Sep 26 - 1:39 PM

Coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets "have two young bigs that can play together."

In other words, it sounds like he's open to playing Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together. In the last 11 games, Jokic played 12 percent of his minutes next to Nurkic. What's more, that combo had a positive net rating and looked good against bigger teams. While the Nuggets aren't likely to unleash Nurkic due to his injury history, his per-minute output makes him a very intriguing pick in the later rounds after the reliable bigs come off the board.
Sep 26 - 1:32 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he won't reveal his starting power forward for the season opener.

He did say he knows the answer here, but he's going to keep it in house. Malone added he wants a lot of competition for that spot. Back in August, Malone said there is a "good chance" Kenneth Faried starts, so he's a heavy favorite. Nikola Jokic is fully expected to start at center, but the Nuggets could additionally use him as a non-starting power forward next to Jusuf Nurkic depending on game flow and matchups. Faried is more of a later-round pick these days.
Sep 26 - 1:24 PM

Malik Beasley (leg) will be ready for training camp.

The No. 19 pick in the draft had a rod inserted into his leg last season at Florida State and didn't play in the summer league, but it's great to see him back. With that said, he's facing an uphill battle for playing time with Gary Harris and Jamal Murray ahead of him on the depth chart. He's not worth drafting in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 1:07 PM

Darrell Arthur (knee) said that he's hoping to be available for full practice about "midway" through training camp.

The Nuggets are loaded with frontcourt depth, but Arthur will likely have a role this season as one of Mike Malone's favorite players. Kenneth Faried may only see around 26 minutes per game and isn't a lock to start, so Arthur should at least see minutes in the teens -- his role hinges on how much time Nikola Jokic spends at the four next to Jusuf Nurkic. Arthur is only worth a look in deeper leagues for now, but that will change if he outplays Faried.
Sep 26 - 12:47 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay said that "things really slowed down" for him toward the end of his rookie season.

Most rookie PGs have some growing pains in the NBA, and Mudiay is no exception. He shot just 36.4 percent from the field and 67.0 percent from the line, though both marks improved considerably after the All-Star break. He also reduced his turnovers from 3.5 per game (pre-break) to 2.7 (post-break). He should be a popular DFS play this year, and is worth a look in any format if you don't mind the lousy percentages.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 25 - 10:06 PM

Gary Harris said that he's been "living in the gym" this summer, and his improvement has been "raved about within the walls of the Pepsi Center."

Harris is the Nuggets' presumptive starting SG and he's a lock to play at least 32 minutes per game, despite the arrival of lottery pick Jamal Murray. He missed only six games last season and had post-break averages of 14.3 points (48.0 percent FGs, 82.0 percent FTs), 1.5 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals and only 1.2 turnovers. He's a sneaky mid-round value who can be had later in most drafts.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 25 - 10:05 PM

Darrell Arthur (knee) is expected to be brought along slowly in training camp.

He had a knee scope a few weeks ago, so the Nuggets will keep restrictions on him for drills. Arthur has been injury-prone in his career with a slew of leg injuries, including knee injuries in December and April last season. Obviously, there's no need to rush him along with all of Denver's depth up front. Coach Mike Malone likes Arthur more than many expected, but he won't have much fantasy value.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 22 - 9:46 PM

Jusuf Nurkic finished the EuroBasket qualifying round with averages of 19.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting, 13.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.

Nurkic suffered a minor calf injury earlier in the tournament, but it's unlikely to limit him during training camp. He added 3.5 turnovers in under 30 minutes per game, and the poor shooting is unwelcome (he shot just 41.7 percent with Denver last year), but Nurkic remains a sneaky, high-upside pick in the later rounds.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 18 - 8:33 PM

Free agent Nate Wolters has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Denver Nuggets.

Wolters spent the 2015-16 season with Besiktas Sompo Japan of the Turkish league, appearing in 31 total games (28 starts) and averaging 12.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.06 steals in 30.5 minutes per game. The Nuggets have invited 20 players to training camp which makes it unlikely that Wolters will make the 15-man roster.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 11:12 AM

Jusuf Nurkic (leg) returned to the court for Wednesday's 78-76 win over Sweden, racking up 22 points, 10 boards, two assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers over 29 minutes.

Nurkic appeared to tweak his calf during the closing minutes of Bosnia and Herzegovina's loss to Russia on Saturday, but the fact that he was able to make it through 29 minutes of action just four days after the injury would indicate that he'll be fine moving forward. Nurkic definitely is an injury risk, but there's a ton of upside here and he only really needs roughly 20 minutes a night to enter the standard league equation. He'll be worth a look towards the later rounds on draft day.
Sep 15 - 2:28 PM

Jusuf Nurkic suffered an apparent lower right leg injury during the closing minutes of Bosnia and Herzegovina's 78-67 loss to Russia, and did not return to the game.

While Nurkic didn't make it back to the court for the final few seconds of the blowout loss, he was spotted walking around after the game without a noticeable limp, so it doesn't seem like he's dealing with anything all that serious. It's also worth noting that the injury seemed to be to his right calf, and not his troublesome surgically repaired left knee. Bosnia is scheduled for a matchup with Sweden on Wednesday, so it'll be interesting to see if Nurkic is limited or withheld from competing in that one.
Source: YouTube
Sep 13 - 3:18 PM


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