Player News - Nuggets

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Arron Afflalo said he's ready for a leadership role with the Denver Nuggets and would like to be a team captain.

Afflalo was careful not to overstep his bounds when asked about his desire to be the captain his new team. "It's the ability to be vocal at the right time. Understanding your players. How to be vocal with each and every individual on your team and uplifting them," Afflalo said. "That's the main thing for a leader is [to be] somebody that they want to follow and can be uplifted by." The 28-year-old is coming off a career season in Orlando and should see enough run to warrant a middle-to-late round fantasy selection in standard leagues.
Oct 2 - 12:30 PM

Kenneth Faried, who played very well for Team USA this summer, will get Thursday off for the Nuggets.

Faried has earned as many days off as he needs and there's really nothing to see here. He's healthy and appears to be primed for a full breakout season. Don't sleep on him.
Oct 1 - 10:03 PM

Danilo Gallinari, coming off two knee surgeries (meniscus, ACL) is expected to participate in some contact drills on Thursday.

This is a little bit surprising, as initial reports after his surgery put him back in December, and not October. Than again, he is likely a ways off from playing in an actual game. Wilson Chandler will pick up his slack while Gallo is getting healthy, and it will be interesting to see if he can stay that way once he takes the court.
Oct 1 - 9:46 PM

Nate Robinson, who is coming off left knee ACL surgery, is expected to participate in some contact drills on Wednesday.

This will be a big test for Robinson, but regardless of how well tomorrow goes, it's hard to see him doing much in real games before Christmas.
Oct 1 - 9:40 PM

Pops Mensah-Bonsu has left Nuggets training camp for personal reasons, and will not return.

His NBA career appears to be about over, but we're hoping his personal matter is nothing too serious. There was little chance that Mensah-Bonsu was going to make the opening-night roster in Denver.
Oct 1 - 8:37 PM

Kenneth Faried will be encouraged to start the Nuggets' fastbreak offense after securing defensive rebounds, according to coach Brian Shaw.

"I gave him the freedom [last year] to use that raw energy and athleticism to get our break going," Shaw said. "I envision that in this coming season." Faried is eligible for a contract extension until Oct. 31, but he may be content to play out the season in the hopes of a big payday in restricted free agency. "I'd love to be a lifer [in Denver]," Faried said. "[But] if things don't work out, then I have to move on." Nuggets fans can only hope that GM Tim Connelly finds a way to keep the Manimal in the Mile-High City.
Oct 1 - 9:16 AM

J.J. Hickson (knee) is expected to participate in some of the team's practice on Wednesday.

He is recovering from ACL surgery and will have a five-game suspension to start the year. Kenneth Faried's arrow is pointing straight up, so Hickson is just going to be a backup this season. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 8:51 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) and J.J. Hickson (knee) are expected to participate in some of practice on Wednesday.

Coach Brian Shaw said his center spot is a competition with Timofey Mozgov. Shaw said Mozgov has the edge on offense and McGee has the edge on defense. McGee didn't get much run in his brief action in 2013-14, but his upside in blocks makes him someone to watch at camp.
Sep 30 - 8:49 PM

Nate Robinson (knee) expressed his desire to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets after the 2014-15 season.

"I believe so," Robinson said when asked if he'd like to stay with Denver. "I'm too old to be moving around too much more. I would love to be here if they would love to have me." The 30-year-old helped provide a spark off the bench for the Nuggets before going down with an ACL tear and has a chance at being ready for the season opener. While Robinson can provide some value in extremely deep fantasy leagues, his 19.7 minutes per game in 2013-14 should have owners in standard leagues looking elsewhere.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 30 - 11:40 AM

The Denver Nuggets are still negotiating a contract extension with Kenneth Faried's representatives.

While the two sides have been negotiating for months, there is now a sense of urgency with the October 31 deadline approaching. The 24-year-old may have to settle for less than a max contract, but his strong play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup could help The Manimal's case. Faried offers a good deal of fantasy upside as he's currently being selected in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts and should easily return that value if he can carry his strong international play into the regular season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 30 - 11:15 AM

Coach Brian Shaw said on Monday that there will be an "adjustment period" for Danilo Gallinari, and that Wilson Chandler should pick up the slack while Gallo makes his way back from major knee surgery.

While we're not doing cartwheels to get Chandler at the end of fantasy drafts this season, we're also not going out of our way to draft Gallinari too early. If healthy, Gallo should be a solid fantasy player, but we have trouble remembering him being healthy for more than a couple months at a time throughout his career.
Sep 29 - 9:10 PM

Brian Shaw said "we'll kind of have to wait and see" when asked who his starting center would be this season.

It's either going to be Timofey Mozgov or JaVale McGee, and Mozzy might have the upper hand due to the fact that McGee may still not be 100 percent healthy from his fractured right fibula. Additionally, Mozgov might have the upper hand because he's not featured weekly in "Shaqtin' A Fool.'Neither center is a must-own candidate at this point, but both should have some decent value this season as long as they are healthy.
Sep 29 - 9:02 PM

Coach Brian Shaw said there will be an adjustment period for Danilo Gallinari (knee).

"As he's going through that, we have a pretty good player in Wilson Chandler," Shaw said. It would appear Gallinari is going to be eased into his role this season. He's been working out for a while and is planning to play on Oct. 6. We'll let you know how he looks.
Sep 29 - 2:50 PM

Coach Brian Shaw said he thought that Kenneth Faried was the MVP for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup.

While this sounds like a Kevin Durant quote, it's still interesting to see how Shaw feels about Faried. The Manimal was spectacular after the break and he was awesome at FIBA, so he could be unleashed this year. He's a high-upside pick in the middle rounds after positing third-round value after the break last season.
Sep 29 - 2:43 PM

Coach Brian Shaw said he wants to bring Ty Lawson to a Broncos practice to watch Peyton Manning lead and he is expecting more out of Lawson than any other player.

The Nuggets have a lot more depth than they did to end their season, but the 26-year-old guard is still expected to carry the offensive load. Last season was by far his worst shooting performance at 43.1 percent from the field, but he should be back around his career 47.4 percent with some extra help. He's a low-end No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues and is worth a look in the third round.
Sep 29 - 1:52 PM

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