Player News - Nuggets

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Isaiah Whitehead was traded to the Nuggets on Thursday.

The Nets had to send something, so they unloaded Whitehead because he likely wasn't going to make the team anyway. He has a roster guarantee date coming up on July 31, so expect the Nuggets to waive him before then.
Jul 13 - 12:20 AM

Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets at the veteran minimum, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The one they called the Pizza Guy is back with his old Sacramento coach, Mike Malone. The Brinks truck certainly did not back up for Thomas, which made sense after a tight free agent market and Thomas coming off a brutal 2017-18 season. The Nuggets love Jamal Murray as their point guard of the future and he's established a great rapport with Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris, so it makes sense for Thomas to come off the bench. Thomas doesn't need much time, so he could have value with 22-24 minutes. Murray loses some fantasy value with this deal.
Jul 12 - 11:46 PM

The Nuggets have signed second-round pick Jarred Vanderbilt to a 3-year deal worth around $4 million.

Vanderbilt was limited to 14 games at Kentucky due to left foot/ankle injuries, and he's currently sidelined with a right foot issue. He probably won't see much playing time as a rookie, but the Nuggets are high on his long-term potential -- Nuggets GM Tim Connelly called Vanderbilt one of the best rebounders he's ever seen and the rookie is also a solid defender and playmaker from the forward position. For now, he's just a stash in dynasty formats.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 12 - 12:24 PM

Tyler Lydon returned from a rest on Monday and had 10 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and an assist in Monday's SL win over the Bucks.

He had seven points, seven boards, three assists, a steal and a block on Friday before resting on Saturday. He'll try to live up to the hype going forward after he was traded with Trey Lyles for Donovan Mitchell last year.
Jul 9 - 11:06 PM

Monte Morris hit 8-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 20 points with six rebounds, eight assists and a steal in Monday's SL win over the Bucks.

Morris had 15 points on Friday and is trying to win the third-string point guard job in Denver. He played well tonight, and has a decent chance at backing up Jamal Murray and Devin Harris this season.
Jul 9 - 11:03 PM

Torrey Craig has inked a two-year, $4 million deal with the Nuggets.

Craig's new deal with the Nuggets is fully guaranteed, so this is a nice come up for a guy who was on a two-way contract last season. He'll help bring some depth to the three-spot in Denver, but it'll take more than a few injuries for him to gain relevancy in fantasy hoops.
Jul 9 - 3:31 PM

The Magic and Isaiah Thomas never were negotiating a possible contract, according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel.

Robbins has covered the Magic for years, so this report carries a lot of weight. "Is it correct to say the Magic explored the possibility of signing Thomas? Yes," Robbins said on Twitter. "But there were no negotiations. The addition of Jerian Grant indicates Orlando had decided not to ultimately pursue IT." The Magic are in dire straits for a point guard, but it sounds like they will just roll with D.J. Augustin, Isaiah Briscoe and Jerian Grant.
Jul 8 - 1:20 PM

Malik Beasley scored 19 points and had three rebounds, one assist and three steals in the Nuggets summer league win over the Celtics on Saturday.

He had a scary fall late in this one, but remained in the game and confirmed he's okay after going down for a huge fast break dunk in the final minute. Beasley has seen his share of minutes in the league, but the depth on Denver has put his name in trade rumors. With the Nuggets resting two players today, there's a good chance Beasley gets a night off in the near future.
Jul 8 - 12:56 AM

Vlatko Cancar scored nine points and had six rebounds, two steals and one block in Denver’s summer league win over Boston on Saturday.

He’s played well in the first two outings of the summer, getting after it on both ends for the Nuggets. Cancar tweaked his ankle early on in this one, but stayed in the game and appears to be fine. He said he would play overseas for a couple of seasons before joining the NBA when he was drafted but that could be sooner rather than later as he continues to log solid minutes.
Jul 8 - 12:46 AM

On NBATV, coach Mike Malone said the Nuggets will be very patient with Michael Porter Jr.

"We have a very deep team, so there's no reason for us to say that Michael is going to play this year," Malone said. "We're going to give him all the time and all the treatment he needs to get better, and hopefully he can get back and help us this year." Malone credited the front office for taking the risk on Porter, but this quote does add to the chances we don't see him in the next year.
Jul 8 - 12:08 AM

Tyler Lydon (rest) is out for Saturday.

It's scheduled rest for the forward. He played 21 minutes on Friday with seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. The expectations are going to be way too high for Lydon, who was traded with Trey Lyles for Donovan Mitchell.
Jul 7 - 11:08 PM

Thomas Welsh (sore shoulder) will not play Saturday vs. Boston.

He did have to go to the locker room yesterday with an arm injury. The Nuggets were planning to give him the day off today or Monday, so it doesn't sound like there is much concern.
Jul 7 - 6:20 PM

Monte Morris scored 15 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, one turnover and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

The Nuggets said all week they were going to unleash Morris in pick-and-roll sets, so they pointed us in the right direction for their game plan. Morris looked to be in for a big night with 13 points in the first half, then he kind of disappeared. He'll get another chance for a big game his next time out.
Jul 7 - 1:00 AM

Malik Beasley scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and five turnovers in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

It looked like he was in for a big night with four points right off the bat, but he lost his touch after the first quarter. Beasley is fully expected to get as much run as anyone on the Nuggets, so expect him to put up at least one gem.
Jul 7 - 12:58 AM

Nuggets PF Tyler Lydon (knee surgery) has been cleared to play during Summer League.

Lydon is penciled in as a starter for Friday's Summer League opener, and he's been cleared for 5-on-5 play for about one month. "Each day, it gets better and better, and I feel even more and more comfortable with it," Lydon said. "Mentally, I know my knee’s good. I know it’s 100 percent, so I’m ready to go." The No. 24 pick in 2017 played two minutes in one appearance as a rookie, and faces a steep climb to fantasy relevance.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 4 - 10:30 PM


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