Player News - Nuggets

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The Nuggets have signed Donald Sloan to a training camp deal.

Isaiah Thomas (hip) won't be ready for the start of camp, and it sounds like there's a chance he'll begin the regular season on the sidelines, so the Nuggets want some extra depth at the point guard position. They already have 15 guaranteed deals on the books, but with a need at the guard position and a wealth of depth at the forward spots, Sloan may be able to edge out one of the lesser known guys for a regular-season roster spot.
Sep 19 - 10:18 AM

Isaiah Thomas' (right hip) availability for training camp remains in question according to Nuggets President Tim Connelly.

"We want to be especially sensitive to Isaiah," Connelly said. "I think he probably has rushed back (in the past). We want Isaiah to be right, so he's working his butt off a couple times a day with our guys." Thomas said back in July that he would "for sure" be ready for camp after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery in March, but there's no word of a setback and it sounds like the Nuggets will bring him along very slowly by design.
Sep 18 - 8:08 PM

Xavier Silas has agreed to a training camp contract with the Nuggets.

Silas will provide another body at camp, but with three point guards already on the roster on guaranteed deals, it's unlikely he'll be able to snag a spot on the regular-season roster.
Sep 17 - 6:42 PM

Richard Jefferson said he hopes to play in the NBA in 2018-19.

Jefferson, who is 38 years old, appeared in 20 games off the Nuggets bench last season. He averaged just 1.5 points in 8.2 minutes. RJ plans to transition to TV once his career is over, and there is reportedly plenty of interest multiple TV Networks, such as ESPN and YES. However, Jefferson is not quite ready to hang up his Nikes. "I’m a basketball player until I am not a basketball player," Jefferson said. "My goal is to play basketball this season."
Sep 14 - 10:47 AM

Nikola Jokic will not play for Serbia during the World Cup qualifiers in September, according to Serbia's assistant coach Jovica Antonic.

"We cannot count on Nikola Jokic to join us for the qualifiers," he said. "However, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica will be available for both matches ... We hope [Milos] Teodosic and [Boban] Marjanovic will play for us." Jokic inked a max five-year deal with Denver this summer, and the Nuggets are likely pleased that their star center won't risk injury in international play.

According to official Nuggets reporter Chris Dempsey, Trey Lyles could have a breakout season.

Dempsey has covered the team for a long time, and he continues to talk up Lyles. "Here’s a bold prediction: Lyles will be the Nuggets’ fourth-leading scorer this season, behind [Nikola] Jokić, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris." Lyles had showed up in great shape as a spectator in Vegas, and now he'll really have to carry the scoring for the bench forwards with Will Barton in the first unit now.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 15 - 5:27 PM

Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery) has been limited to light shooting.

MPJ told reporters that he was finally feeling pain-free at the Rookies' photo shoot, but he's still not been cleared for full-contact, and coming off two back surgeries the Nuggets will assuredly be bringing him along slowly. He'll likely be limited at camp, and there are no guarantees he'll be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season. He'll be a risky guy to target in re-draft settings.
Aug 13 - 3:49 PM

Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery) said he's pain-free and "hoping to be back for the beginning of the year."

It's great to hear that his recovery is going well, but this seems overly optimistic. Porter Jr. also conceded that his rehab has been "very conservative ... [the Nuggets] are really taking it easy with me." Denver has lofty postseason aspirations and will play it extremely safe with their lottery pick's surgically-repaired back, so we're still not expecting Porter Jr. to be worth the risk in re-draft leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 9:40 PM

The Nuggets have a favorable schedule for the fantasy playoffs in head-to-head leagues.

For the last four weeks of the 2018-19 season (Monday-Sunday), the Nuggets are the only team to go 4-4-4-2 to close out the year -- the two-game week is from just Monday to Wednesday. This is obviously a big plus to Nikola Jokic, who was the No. 3 player in nine-cat leagues for the final three months of last season. He needs to go in the top five and he's even a top-three candidate given the position scarcity at center.
Aug 11 - 3:02 PM

The Nuggets have signed DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell to a two-way contract.

The 6'5" small forward made a strong impression at the Summer League with the Nuggets and will spend the majority of the 2018-19 season developing in the G-League. With a two-way deal, he'll have up to 45 days of NBA eligibility.
Aug 6 - 7:29 PM

Isaiah Whitehead has signed a deal with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia.

The Nets moved him to Denver in the Kenneth Faried trade, but he was promptly waived. The 23-year-old point guard will spend some time developing overseas in the hope of an NBA comeback in a year or two.
Aug 6 - 9:54 AM

Isaiah Thomas (right hip) said he'll "for sure" be ready to go for training camp in September.

Thomas is reportedly one month away from being fully cleared to play following his March hip surgery, giving him ample time to get himself ready for the 2018-19 season. If Thomas can manage to stay healthy, he could potentially churn out mid-round value operating in a sixth man role with the Nuggets, and he will be motivated to produce in another contract season. That said, he'll be a risky draft day target following his disastrous 2017-18 campaign.
Jul 30 - 6:58 PM

Jimmer Fredette said he’ll "see what’s out there" in NBA free agency.

"It’s just always nice to play in front of American audiences again," Fredette added. "You never know who is watching." He's been having big games as Team Fredette has advanced through TBT, scoring 41 on Friday night. Last season, he averaged 36.8 points per game with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Fredette thinks he's improved since his last appearance in the NBA saying, "I’m definitely a better player than I was before coming over, that’s for sure."
Source: SI.com
Jul 28 - 10:46 AM

Nuggets official reporter Chris Dempsey expects "the most consistent reserve minutes" to go to Mason Plumlee, Isaiah Thomas, Trey Lyles and Torrey Craig.

Dempsey adds that the Nuggets will "obviously" sprinkle in some Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez. Coach Mike Malone has usually stuck with a nine-man rotation, so for now it sounds like he likes Craig ahead of Beasley and Hernangomez for his defensive presence. He won't have fantasy value, though.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 6:42 PM

Trey Lyles has looked "really lean, and looks ready to embrace a bigger role" next season, according to official team reporter Chris Dempsey.

This ties in with Lyles saying he wanted a bigger role back when the season ended. Dempsey has covered the Nuggets for years, and he said he spoke with Lyles in Vegas this month. With Will Barton now shifting into the starting lineup, the Nuggets may want to see more production out of Lyles off the bench. In 909 minutes without Nikola Jokic on the court next to Lyles, the power forward put up per-36 averages of 20.0 points, 8.9 boards, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and 2.1 treys on a sterling 61.4 TS%. He won't have enough value out of the gate for standard leagues, but any injury to a starter would make him a potential fantasy add.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 25 - 6:36 PM


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