Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Jusuf Nurkic said he's happy about the big lineup with Nikola Jokic.

"Basketball has kind of changed," Nurkic said. "The NBA has gone smaller because of [the] Golden State [Warriors]." The Nuggets went with a Jokic-Nurkic lineup more late in the year and had some success at times. If Nurkic can stay healthy, he could be a breakout candidate for his high usage, blocks and boards. As a sidenote, Nurkic said in this interview his dad is a 6'10", 400-pound police officer. A basketball agent saw that his dad had a fight with 14 people from a newspaper and asked if he had a kid. And the rest is history.
Source: NBA.com
May 27 - 5:12 PM

Danilo Gallinari (ankle) worked out on Wednesday.

He was working out with an international basketball, so it looks like he's going to try to play for Italy this summer. Gallinari said he's fully over his ankle injury, which involved two torn ligaments. He'll be all set for his age-28 season next year.
May 18 - 6:47 PM

Danilo Gallinari said that he's fully recovered from the sprained ankle that prematurely ended his 2015-16 campaign, and he's already begun training for next year.

"I’m fine. I’ve recovered from my sprained ankle and I’m ready," said Gallinari. "I already began training." Gallinari produced some of the best numbers of his career this past season with averages of 19.5 points (career-high), 5.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.6 triples, 0.8 steals and just 1.5 turnovers per game, which was good enough for top-45 value in standard leagues. He'll make for a solid early mid-round selection in next year's drafts.
May 18 - 9:29 AM

The Nuggets are hopeful that 2015 second-round pick Nikola Radicevic will participate in summer league, sources told Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com.

In order for this scenario to come to fruition, Radicevic's current team in Spain (Sevilla) will have to clear him to participate. The point guard just returned to action following offseason hip surgery, and as of now, the 22-year-old plans to stay in Spain for the 2016-17 season.
May 16 - 9:11 AM

Nikola Jokic said that he'll spend some extra time honing his defense this offseason in order to prepare for playing extended stretches at the power forward position.

"I want to do everything," Jokic said in regards to what he’s working on this offseason. "Shooting, especially my defense. I want to play as the four next season so I want to defend the four-man." If Jokic could successfully play the four, it would help alleviate a timeshare narrative between himself and Jusuf Nurkic, and this quote could also imply that Kenneth Faried has one foot out the door. Jokic was able to produce early-round value this past season despite only earning 25.8 minutes a night, and he'll make for an excellent early mid-round target on draft day.
Source: BSN Denver
May 11 - 9:18 AM

D.J. Augustin would like to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets.

Augustin will be in demand as a backup point guard this summer after averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 assists off the bench with Denver. "I was in a tough situation in Oklahoma," Augustin said. "It wasn't working out. I did the right thing, my agent did the right thing, and talked to those guys and they were kind enough to trade me, trade me to a good situation. Everything worked out." We'll keep an eye on Augustin's free agency destination, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues as he's unlikely to find a starting job.
Source: Denver Post
May 3 - 12:26 PM

Jameer Nelson isn't sure if he has a future with the Nuggets.

"Like I said we’ll figure it out and see what’s going on," Nelson said. "I would love to come back here. That’s the reason why I signed a three-year deal. But it’s just one of those things that, it’s a business. It’s a business, and we have to figure it out." The Nuggets will likely try to re-sign D.J. Augustin this summer, meaning Nelson would be the third-string PG on the roster, a role that he said isn't "ideal at all." Expect the trade rumors to heat up if Augustin is brought back.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 22 - 10:43 AM

Axel Toupane was named NBA D-League Most Improved Player.

He came out of nowhere and made an impact in April for the Nuggets thanks to some injuries. Toupane is going to be 24 next season and he most likely won't be in the rotation.
Apr 20 - 3:36 PM

Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said that Danilo Gallinari (ankle) was close to being an All-Star this season.

"I think Gallinari, with more team success, would have been an All-Star this year," Connelly said. "I’m so proud of how he bounced back from a major injury. He’s fully back, back better than ever. You’d be hard-pressed to find 10 tougher offensive matchups in the NBA." An unfortunate ankle injury cut his season short, but he looked great this year with averages of 19.5 points, 5.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 41.0 percent shooting. He has some durability concerns, but he will be a nice mid-round pick next season.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 16 - 10:04 AM

Mike Miller made his second start of the season on Wednesday and finished with five points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in just 18 minutes.

Miller got a token start tonight and won't be a fantasy asset no matter where he lands as a free agent this summer. He played more than 350 minutes this season without attempting a single free throw, indicative of his role as a strict spot-up shooter at this point in his career.
Apr 14 - 2:16 AM

Kenneth Faried made a surprise appearance on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 19 minutes of action.

Faried even made a 3-pointer, the second of his career, and for whatever reason the Nuggets opted to deploy him as a reserve tonight after two straight precautionary DNP-CDs. Mike Malone got an extended look at a frontcourt pairing of Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic down the stretch, and Joffrey Lauvergne is also in the mix, so it's unclear how Denver sees Faried fitting into their long-term plans -- he's owed $38.8 million over the next three seasons.
Apr 14 - 2:16 AM

Darrell Arthur (sore left knee) did not play in Utah's season finale.

The veteran was a DNP in four of Utah's final five games and there was no reason for him to suit up in a meaningless contest tonight -- Houston had eliminated the Jazz from the playoffs prior to their late-night tip-off. Arthur has an interesting decision to make in regards to his $2.9 million player option this summer.
Apr 14 - 2:15 AM

Gary Harris' recent groin injury didn't limit him on Wednesday, as he played 37 minutes to finish a road loss with 16 points, four rebounds and one assist.

Harris knocked down 6-of-15 shots with a pair of 3-pointers and the fact that he approached 40 minutes despite a groin injury sums up how much coach Mike Malone loves him. With minimal fanfare, the second-year guard crept into mid-round value this season (9-cat) with averages of 12.2 points, 1.4 triples, 2.9 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the line.
Apr 14 - 2:15 AM

Jusuf Nurkic ended his season in style on Wednesday with 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks in 39 minutes vs. the Blazers.

It took most of the season before Mike Malone truly started to turn Nurkic loose, and his persistent knee injury didn't help matters. Most fantasy owners will only remember the frustrating aspects of his sophomore campaign, but his upside is glaring -- on a per-36-minute 17.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.3 steals. Granted there were 6.1 fouls to go along with those numbers, but even a steady 25-minute role would be sufficient for value in most leagues next season.
Apr 14 - 2:14 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay contributed 25 points, six assists and four rebounds to the Nuggets' losing efforts on Wednesday, making 11-of-23 shots with one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

The rookie's awful shooting was a leaden weight for his fantasy value all season, and his True Shooting Percentage of 43.5 percent ranks 345th out of 350 qualifying players. That shouldn't obscure his much-improved play down the stretch, however, and a summer's worth of work on his flaws should give him the momentum to be a top-100 pick in most formats.
Apr 14 - 2:14 AM


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