Player News - Nuggets

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The Nuggets expect multiple teams, including the Pistons, to show interest in unrestricted free agent Darrell Arthur.

Denver "would like to retain Arthur" and his defensive prowess, but that may not be feasible if he gets a rich offer from another team. He's never played more than 20.1 minutes per game in his career, and his FG percentage hovered around 40 percent the past two seasons, so fantasy owners should avoid him on draft day.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 30 - 7:52 PM

Restricted free agent Will Barton is reportedly at the top of Denver's "to-do list," and the Nuggets can match any offer he receives.

Barton surged after being traded to Denver last year -- in his final 28 games he averaged 11.0 points, 0.7 triples, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals in only 24 minutes per game. He's likely to draw interest from multiple teams, but the Nuggets' willingness to match will make him a very difficult target.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 30 - 7:37 PM

Re-signing Jameer Nelson is reportedly a priority for the Nuggets once free agency begins at midnight on Wednesday.

Nelson declined a player option worth $2.9 million for the 2015-16 season and he won't settle for a bit role next year. "I feel like I'm definitely more than a 15- or 18-minute guy, for sure," he said. The 33-year-old would be a great mentor for rookie PG Emmanuel Mudiay in Denver, but despite his self-confidence he's unlikely to play 25+ minutes per game.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 30 - 7:31 PM

The Nuggets are finalizing a guaranteed three-year deal to Nikola Jokic.

He was fully expected to play with the Nuggets this upcoming year after scoring 15.4 points per game in Serbia. Jokic is another big man at 6'11, but he can stretch the floor much better than the other big men on the roster. He'll get a long look at summer league, but fantasy owners shouldn't have a plan to draft him next year just yet.
Jun 30 - 1:18 PM

Ty Lawson said "I just wanna win" when asked about his frustration with the Nuggets.

The Nuggets have "tried to trade him, and they'll continue to make and take calls," but Denver isn't going to sell low just to move the point guard. The Denver Post doesn't expect Lawson to be in training camp with the team, but everything is very much up in the air at this point. Lawson doesn't appear to have a desire to take on the leadership role Denver desperately needs from him.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 29 - 9:32 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay's arrival in Denver could spell trouble for Ty Lawson according to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.

Lawson stirred up some drama when he said in a video that he was going to Sacramento after the Nuggets selected Mudiay with the seventh pick in the draft, and the rumors have continued to escalate ever since. Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly was reportedly "giddy" when Mudiay fell to No. 7, and he may not want to put up with Lawson's antics much longer. The Kings have been a rumored destination for Lawson for a while now, and George Karl's presence in Sacramento is obviously a huge factor as well. We will be following this story closely all summer.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 10:53 AM

Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly confirmed that Nikola Radicevic will remain overseas for now.

Radicevic is a 6'5" point guard who currently plays for Sevilla in Spain, and he was never expected to come to the states any time soon. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 assists and 0.6 treys last season, so it may be a while before he gets a chance in the NBA.
Jun 27 - 9:18 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay said he wants to guard the opponent's best offensive player, excluding centers.

"I'm ready to play, but then again it's not my decision," Mudiay said. "I'll be ready when my name is called." Coach Mike Malone told Mudiay that he's going to push the ball, which was Mudiay's forte in China. However, it's tough to count on Mudiay in fantasy as long as Ty Lawson is with the Nuggets.
Jun 26 - 2:26 PM

General manager Tim Connelly said Ty Lawson's statement about going to Sacramento didn't excite him.

"There's often times poor judgement used by all of our players," Connelly said. In case you missed it, a video popped up on Twitter of Lawson saying "I'm going to Sacramento" after the selection of Emmanuel Mudiay. This quote seems to be taken out of context because everyone, including the broadcast that Lawson was watching in the video, has been talking about Lawson joining George Karl. Still, Lawson is likely on the trade block.
Jun 26 - 2:08 PM

After the Nuggets selected Emmanuel Mudiay with the No. 7 overall selection in the NBA draft, Ty Lawson said in a video "I'm going to Sacramento."

There have been plenty of trade rumors regarding Lawson, and it looks like his days in Denver may be numbered. George Karl has been making a strong push for the Sacramento front office to try and land Lawson, but his ability to coerce decisions has been vastly overstated in recent days. It'll be interesting to see if Lawson is on the Nuggets' roster when the 2015-16 season begins, but if he's not, Mudiay would see a dramatic boost in value as the starting point guard in Denver.
Jun 26 - 10:27 AM

The Nuggets drafted Nikola Radicevic with the 57th pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

The NBA could field a whole team of Nikolas right now. Radicevic played at Sevilla with Kristaps Porzingis, averaging 7.0 points, 2.9 assists and 0.6 treys. The 21-year-old is staying in Spain tomorrow.
Jun 26 - 12:16 AM

The Denver Nuggets selected point guard Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh pick in the NBA Draft.

He’s drawn some comparisons to John Wall for his size, quickness and court vision. Mudiay liked to push the tempo and can make plays, but he’s going to have to work on his shooting to become a complete point guard. He was also mentored by Stephon Marbury, Al Harrington and Metta World Peace in China, which may help him adjust to the NBA. Ty Lawson's name has been floated around in trade rumors, so Mudiay could potentially be pressed into a larger role if Denver decides to shake things up. As long as Lawson remains in Denver, Mudiay's upside in fantasy leagues will be capped.
Jun 25 - 8:23 PM

The Knicks are leaning towards drafting Emmanuel Mudiay if they elect to use the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

An earlier report indicated that the Knicks would like a veteran point guard to run the triangle offense, so this report directly contradicts that. Both the Knicks and 76ers are going to be a wildcard in today's draft, but Frank Kaminsky is reportedly a target for the Knicks if they trade down.
Jun 25 - 4:31 PM

The Kings are reportedly high on Emmanuel Mudiay and Mario Hezonja, and would take one of the two if they keep their No. 6 overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft.

If the Kings draft Mudiay, he'd have to fight for minutes behind Darren Collison, and the likely result would be a timeshare that would hurt the fantasy value of both players. Hezonja would also initially have to fight for playing time with the likes of Ben McLemore and Rudy Gay, so Sacramento wouldn't be an ideal situation for Super Mario.
Jun 25 - 2:31 PM

The Nuggets have made Danilo Gallinari available for a trade, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

The Nuggets basically have their entire team on the trade block. They have the seventh pick in the draft and are likely going to wind up trading at least one player tomorrow. Gallinari has struggled to stay healthy, but he did have some bright spots last season, including a 47-point explosion on Apr. 10.
Jun 24 - 10:48 PM


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