Player News - Nuggets

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President Tim Connelly said he sees Trey Lyles as a player that can be a significant part of the rotation.

The Nuggets did overpay a little on Thursday night with the No. 24 pick and Lyles for the 13th pick, so they must really like his skillset as a stretch four. Lyles had one of the most disappointing seasons last year, turning in a woeful 46.4 true shooting percentage while not making an impact on defense in his 16.3 minutes per game. The Nuggets have some question marks heading into free agency with Danilo Gallinari on the market, so that will be a key factor for Lyles' playing time.
Jun 23 - 2:39 PM

The Nuggets drafted Iowa State point guard Monte Morris with the 51st pick in the NBA Draft.

Jameer Nelson is old as dirt, Jamal Murray is coming on and Emmanuel Mudiay may not be cut out to be a starting NBA point guard. Morris will simply be hoping to be on the Nuggets' roster on opening night, but he can play and it would be surprising to see him not make an NBA team this season. He's one of Iowa State's best point guards in history.
Jun 23 - 12:00 AM

Denver used the No. 49 pick to take Slovenian F Vlatko Cancar.

Cancar is a combo forward who has posted modest stats overseas for Mega Leks. He boasts a 7'0" wingspan and pairs a strong shooting mechanics. He's not a very physical player and he struggles against physical defenders, while tending to shy away from contact in the paint. It's unclear when he might be brought over to join the Nuggets.
Jun 22 - 11:57 PM

The Denver Nuggets have selected F Tyler Lydon with the 24th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Denver traded the No. 13 overall pick in exchange for Trey Lyles and No. 24. In two years at Syracuse, Lydon built his résumé as a stretch four with a 47.5 field goal percentage, connected at a 39.8 percent clip from deep, and hit 80.9 percent of his free throws. Lydon also checks out with NBA size at 6’10" and 225 pounds, and additionally, the big man boasts an impressive seven-foot wingspan. He doesn’t have a post game yet and he’s not an imposing presence in the paint in most facets, so he’ll need to add some strength before he can get minutes in the league. It's worth noting that the Nuggets have a looming decision to make on restricted free agent Mason Plumlee.
Jun 22 - 10:14 PM

The Jazz will send Trey Lyles and the No. 24 pick to Denver for the 13th pick.

The Jazz said they wanted to trade up for a shooter, so they went for it here to get Donovan Mitchell. As for Lyles, he had a big-time disappointing 2016-17 season even with the injuries to Derrick Favors. This is a great move for him as he goes from one of the slowest offenses to one of the best. He still has some work to do to get back in fantasy owners' good graces.
Jun 22 - 8:57 PM

The Suns and Nuggets discussed a trade that would feature Eric Bledsoe in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The Nuggets really don't value Mudiay too much anymore, so they would have no problem giving him up now that Jamal Murray has clearly passed him on the depth. Denver reportedly also discussed Mudiay with the Knicks, but it's unclear if they gained any traction. The Suns are also likely looking to deal away Bledsoe to get him off their books as they stack up their picks for the future. Both the Nuggets and Suns are teams to watch tonight.
Jun 22 - 6:20 PM

The Nuggets have tendered a qualifying offer to Mason Plumlee, making him a restricted free agent.

Nuggets GM Tim Connelly called Plumlee "a huge piece of our core" back in April and they traded away Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick to acquire him from Portland, so expect them to bring him back unless his price gets out of hand. Assuming he returns to Denver, Plumlee will back up Nikola Jokic in 2017-18 and may see sporadic minutes beside him as well, but he will likely be a low-end fantasy asset. In 27 games for the Nuggets, he averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks.
Source: Real GM
Jun 22 - 11:22 AM

Free agent forward Danilo Gallinari said that the Nuggets aren't his "first choice" this summer.

"Nuggets are not my first choice but they are exactly at the same level of the other teams," Gallinari said. "Denver’s advantage is that they can offer me a five-year contract while other franchises can offer me a four-year deal. Nuggets are at the same level of the others." That's not what the Nuggets will want to hear, but the ball is still in their court because they can offer him the most money. If Gallo moves on this summer, Juancho Hernangomez could be a sneaky late-round flier in fantasy leagues.
Jun 19 - 10:37 AM

The Nuggets will promote Tim Connelly to President of Basketball Operations and promote Arturas Karnisovas to General Manager.

The Bucks were after Karnisovas to become their GM, so Denver opted to be aggressive and retain their assistant GM with a promotion. Connelly has been terrific in identifying talent with loads of outstanding picks since he took over in 2013. The Nuggets are expected to be players in free agency this summer, so they'll be the trendy sleeper team this year.
Jun 14 - 5:39 PM

Tyler Lydon had a workout with the Lakers on Sunday.

Lydon put in averages of 13.2 points, 8.6 boards, 2.1 dimes, 1.4 triples, 1.4 swats and 1.0 steal per game during his sophomore season at Syracuse, and he can be absolutely deadly from beyond the arc on catch-and-shoot opportunities. He's currently projected to be a late first-round pick on draft day, so he could be an option for the Lakers when they come on the board with their No. 28 overall pick on draft day.
Jun 11 - 6:22 PM

Mike Miller said "everyone in the league is starting to take heed to and understand who" Nikola Jokic is.

"He’s one of those superstars, I think he’s going to be a superstar," Miller said. "I think you’ll see even more growth at the beginning of this next year, that everyone just wants to play with. He plays that style of basketball. I’ve compared him a lot to Marc and Pau Gasol, I think he’s a lot like that." When Jokic moved back into the starting lineup on Dec. 15, the Nuggets had the best offensive rating for the rest of the season. The 22-year-old big man averaged 17.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys after the All-Star break and should be coming off the board in the first round of fantasy drafts next season.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 11 - 9:31 AM

Mike Miller said he hasn't decided if he will coach when he retires.

The veteran sharpshooter is 37 years old, but he hasn't indicated that he's ready to retire just yet. He has one year left on his deal with the Nuggets for $3.5 million, but it's not guaranteed. He was more of a locker room guy during the 2016-17 season with just 20 appearances, so it's hard to imagine them bringing him back.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 11 - 9:10 AM

Jamal Murray (groin) was back in the gym for his rehab on Friday.

He's been in the gym several times this month and appears to be getting closer to a return. Murray is still not expected to play in Summer League next month, but the chances of him getting healthy enough to participate are growing. Murray should be considered the favorite to start for the Nuggets, which makes him a very interesting sleeper in such a high-powered offense.
Jun 9 - 2:57 PM

Jimmer Fredette worked out with the Nuggets on Thursday.

Fredette is coming off a dominant season in China where he averaged over 37 points per game, but he turned down multiple 10-day contract offers from NBA teams when he returned to the states so he could spend time with his wife and newborn child. Fredette can shoot the lights out, but he's struggled to translate it to the NBA level. He played for the Nuggets at Summer League in 2016, so maybe he will do the same this year.
Jun 8 - 1:19 PM

Danilo Gallinari will reportedly opt out of his contract in order to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Gallinari put in averages of 18.2 points, 5.2 boards, 2.1 dimes and 2.0 triples per game on 44.7 percent shooting this past season, so he shouldn't have much trouble finding a team willing to reward him with a long-term, big-money deal despite the health concerns. GM Tim Connelly has said that he'll make bringing back Gallinari a "top priority" for the Nuggets, and Gallinari has indicated that he's open to re-signing with Denver, but there's still a lot of time to go until free agency.
May 30 - 6:41 PM


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