Player News - Nuggets

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Unless the Denver Nuggets can pull off a major trade during the offseason landing them a marquee player, or hire a big name head coach, Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried would reportedly rather be traded than be a part of a long rebuild.

Both Lawson and Faried's names have popped up in the rumor mill for a few years now, and Lawson's clashes with management and Brian Shaw last season were a problem for the Denver franchise. The Kings and Mavericks are reportedly high on Lawson's wishlist if a trade were to go through, but Denver has not indicated one way or the other if they're willing to finally part ways with one of their franchise cornerstones. Of the two players, Lawson is reportedly the guy more likely to be dealt, though it needs to be noted that Dallas is reportedly hesitant to deal for him due to his off-court issues.
May 26 - 2:35 PM

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said he didn't see the lack of communication between Brian Shaw and the players until later in Shaw's tenure.

"The thing I thought was the most surprising is I thought communication was going to be one of our strong points between our staff and our players, and it turned out to be that it wasn’t one of our strong points," Kroenke said. "Communication from coaching staff to players was something that I thought was lacking." The Nuggets had much better success with Melvin Hunt and he might be able to keep his job even with Mike D'Antoni making a push. As for Shaw, he is going to need to do a lot of things to go right to get a head coaching job.
Source: Denver Post
May 22 - 3:23 PM

Danilo Gallinari is likely at the center of the Nuggets rebuilding efforts, according to Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post.

Gallinari, who required two years to recover from a knee surgery that was initially botched, had a strong finish to the 2014-15 season highlighted by a 47-point explosion. Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried are sure to be some names floating around the rumor mill this offseason, but it sounds like Gallinari and Jusuf Nurkic are in no danger of being traded. Gallinari will finally have a full summer of being healthy to work on his game this offseason, and he could make for a sneaky late-round target in next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: Denver Post
May 22 - 11:35 AM

Jusuf Nurkic had successful surgery to repair a partially torn left patellar tendon on Wednesday.

An earlier timetable says Nurkic will miss the next 3-4 months, so he should be ready for camp. The Nuggets may look to address their frontcourt with the seventh pick in the draft, which could potentially hurt Nurkic's numbers. He averaged 6.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.10 blocks in 62 games this season.
Source: NBA.com
May 20 - 7:29 PM

Melvin Hunt's chances of coaching the Denver Nuggets next season are improving according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Scott Brooks recently indicated that he wouldn't be coaching next season, but Mike D'Antoni is reportedly still in the mix. Hunt did pretty well when he took over last season and it seemed like the players enjoyed playing for him. We will continue to follow this story closely, but Hunt appears to be the frontrunner right now.
May 20 - 1:25 PM

Jusuf Nurkic will undergo knee surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and he is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

This news comes out of nowhere, as this is the first we are hearing about a knee issue. Nurkic is dealing with a slight tear of the patella tendon, but it isn't clear when he suffered the injury. This means that Nurkic will miss Eurobasket this summer with the Bosnian national team, but hopefully he will be ready in time for training camp with the Nuggets. Nurkic had a decent rookie season with averages of 6.9 points, 6.2 boards and 1.1 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game, but he will need to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. We will monitor his progress very closely this summer, so keep an eye on the injury report.
May 20 - 9:36 AM

According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, the Nuggets are expected to sign C Nikola Jokic before the Las Vegas Summer League in July.

The Nuggets selected Jokic with the 41st pick in the 2014 draft, and the 6'11" center has spent the past season playing for KK Mega Vizura in the Adriatic League (Serbia). Jokic posted impressive averages of 15.4 points, 9.2 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in Serbia, and he also shot 34.6 percent from the 3-point line. Jokic isn't quite on the standard-league radar yet, but the young prospect is definitely worth keeping an eye on this summer.
Source: Denver Post
May 9 - 11:30 AM

Will Barton and the Nuggets both hope to come to terms on an extension this summer.

"I definitely would like to come back," Barton said. "They gave me a chance. I feel like we've got some good guys on this team, and if we keep building we have a strong future." There's almost no doubt he'll get a qualifying offer, which will make him a restricted free agent. In the two months with the Nuggets, Barton averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 boards and 1.2 steals.
Source: Denver Post
May 6 - 6:12 PM

The Nuggets will be ramping up their head coaching search this week, and the process is expected to take most of the month of May.

The current list of candidates includes Melvin Hunt, Mike D'Antoni, Alvin Gentry, and former OKC head coach Scott Brooks. The Nuggets are reportedly looking for a head coach that will institute a fast-paced style, which is always a plus from a fantasy perspective. We'll continue to pass along updates on Denver's head coaching vacancy as they become available.
Source: Denver Post
May 5 - 3:09 PM

The Celtics may be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

The Celtics and Nuggets discussed a Lawson deal before the trade deadline, but the Celtics also have Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart in their backcourt so one of those players would likely be included in any deal for Lawson. Celtics president Danny Ainge has promised some big offseason moves, so we'll keep an eye on this situation to see if Lawson is part of those moves.
Source: Grantland
May 5 - 12:49 PM

Ty Lawson's relationship with the Nuggets continues to be shaky, and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post speculates that he could be traded in the near future.

When asked by a Dallas Mavericks fan on Instagram to come play for Dallas, Lawson replied,"I wish". Lawson immediately deleted the post, but not before the media got to it. It's pretty obvious that he has grown frustrated with the Nuggets, and a change of scenery would probably be best for both sides moving forward. We will follow this story closely, but don't be surprised if Lawson is wearing a different uniform to start the 2015-16 season.
Source: Denver Post
May 3 - 9:47 AM

Jameer Nelson said that he will wait for the Nuggets to finalize their decision on their next head coach before deciding whether or not to opt in to his contract for next season.

"Whatever I decide, I'll definitely discuss with that team what my role would be," said Nelson. "I feel like I'm definitely more than a 15 or 18-minute guy, for sure." Nelson was actually surprisingly effective during his brief stint with the Nuggets this season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers per game through 20.6 minutes of action. Nelson spent the 2014-15 season on three different teams, and while he may feel he's deserving of more than 15 minutes per game, his numbers would suggest otherwise. He doesn't want to be a "locker room leader," but at this point in his career, that's basically what he is.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 17 - 1:44 PM

The Denver Nuggets have begun their search for their next head coach, and they are reportedly considering Mike D'Antoni, Alvin Gentry, Melvin Hunt, and college coach Billy Donovan.

There are sure to be many more names that enter the conversation as rumors swirl around the next potential head coach of the Nuggets, but it is worth noting that Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and Danilo Gallinari have all openly supported current interim head coach Hunt. Hunt led the Nuggets to a 10-13 record following the firing of Brian Shaw, and GM Tim Connelly said that Hunt will certainly be a finalist. Connelly also said that they will take their time in selecting the next head coach, so nothing is imminent at this point.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 16 - 7:12 PM

Kenneth Faried said he hopes the Denver Nuggets retain interim head coach Melvin Hunt.

While Hunt had some success with the Nuggets, the team is thought to be interested in bringing in a new hire and have been linked to Vinny Del Negro and Alvin Gentry. "I feel like we're back to the old Nuggets, and it's exciting," Faried said. "I hope they hire him and I hope he's our coach next year." We'll have to wait to see if Faried gets his way, but it sounds like the team is looking in other directions.
Source: ESPN
Apr 16 - 9:50 AM

Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points against the Warriors during a 133-126 loss on Wednesday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and no turnovers.

He was rested on Monday and only played 23 minutes tonight. Gallinari avoided serious injury partially because the Nuggets managed his minutes. He should be a safer bet in fantasy drafts next season with his first summer without rehab since 2012.
Apr 16 - 1:28 AM


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