Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Nuggets sign G/F D.J. Kennedy.

It was reported Kennedy agreed to a three-year, partially guaranteed deal in mid-August, and that deal became official shortly thereafter.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 4:04 PM

Nikola Jokic struggled to do much of anything during Serbia's 96-66 blowout loss to the US squad on Sunday, tallying just six points, four boards, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes.

Jokic started the game on the bench, but then opened up the second half of action as a starter for Team Serbia, which is perhaps a move that should have come sooner for the 21-year-old standout. Jokic played some brilliant basketball through the Olympic tournament, and after putting in averages of 10.8 points, 9.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks per game after the break last season, he'll be one of the headliners on Rotoworld's list of potential breakout candidates for the 2016-17 season.
Aug 21 - 5:03 PM

Wilson Chandler (hip surgery) said his body is feeling "really good."

"The injury kind of came out of nowhere like it was destiny," Chandler said. "It was the worst ever because I felt that I put the work in, I put the time in to get my body right and get my game to where it needed to be, so this summer I just tried to stay away from that, and do the same things." Chandler added that he needs to get back into "game shape," but the good news is that it appears the veteran is fully healthy and ready to contribute in an undefined role for the Nuggets during the 2016-17 season.
Aug 20 - 4:35 PM

Darrell Arthur passed on more lucrative deals in order to re-sign with the Nuggets.

"He told his agent early in the process that ‘I don’t want to talk to anyone the first couple of days, I want to get something done with Denver,'" Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said. After re-signing in Denver on a 3/$23M deal, Arthur projects to slot in as a versatile reserve in a deep Nuggets frontcourt.
Aug 20 - 4:29 PM

Free agent Nate Wolters has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Wolters, originally a second round pick in the 2013 NBA draft, played in Turkey last season. Back in 2014-15, he appeared in 11 games for the Bucks and 10 games for the Pelicans. He will start training camp buried on the PG depth chart behind Emmanuel Mudiay and Jameer Nelson, thus it's unlikely Wolters makes a fantasy impact in 2016-17.
Aug 19 - 11:26 PM

Nikola Jokic helped spark Serbia with another strong all-around effort, finishing with a game-high 11 rebounds, nine points, three steals, and one block.

Jokic didn't start, but ended up playing 24 minutes and was again a force in the middle. He patrolled the paint on both ends, helping to propel Serbia to the Gold Medal Game, where they will take on Team USA on Sunday. Serbia is already guaranteed its first medal in men's basketball, and will have a chance to take home the gold. As for Jokic, his stock continues to rise as a result of his stellar play this summer.
Aug 19 - 8:39 PM

D.J. Kennedy has reportedly agreed to a three-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Nuggets.

Kennedy made his NBA debut back in 2012, but he has only played in a total of two games to date. He's unlikely to last past camp in Denver.
Aug 16 - 3:23 PM

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that if there's one thing Emmanuel Mudiay really needs to work on, it's his shooting.

Malone sounded thrilled with Mudiay's rookie campaign, but noted that Denver's offense would benefit if teams were forced to guard him tighter from the perimeter. Mudiay did improve as the season progressed as his shooting percentage from the field went from 34.0 percent to 39.3 percent after the All-Star break, but his value in standard leagues was held in check by his poor percentages and high turnover rate. He will be a fine target in points leagues, but 9-cat owners should tread carefully.
Source: ESPN
Aug 15 - 11:46 AM

Michael Malone said that he's going to fly to Bosnia in a couple weeks to watch Jusuf Nurkic play.

Malone's doing this to show the big man that he has his full support, and he added that Nurkic has done "everything we've asked and more" during the offseason. We already know that he has lost about 35 pounds since the end of the season, so that should help him stay healthy moving forward. The Nuggets experimented with Nurkic next to Nikola Jokic last season and Malone hinted that we can expect to see more of that, so he's going to be a nice target in the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:32 AM

Michael Malone said he wants Nikola Jokic to work on his quickness.

Malone has done nothing but praise the big man since his dominant rookie season, but the reason he wants Jokic to improve his foot speed is so that he can guard opposing stretch fours -- Malone hinted that we will see a lot more of the Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic pairing if the former proves that he can defend smaller fours. Regardless, Jokic should be the starting center on opening night and is one of Rotoworld's favorite targets for the upcoming season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:20 AM

Michael Malone said that there's a "good chance" Kenneth Faried will start at power forward on opening night.

It's not surprising that Malone won't fully commit to the Manimal starting, as the big man averaged just 25.3 minutes per game last season and was outplayed by Darrell Arthur at times. This season won't be any easier for Faried, as the Nuggets re-signed Arthur and Malone may be tempted to pair Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic together at times. Faried has also been in the rumor mill for a while now and the Nuggets could test the trade waters again.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:08 AM

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said that Wilson Chandler is a "big part of what we do."

Chandler missed the entire 2015-16 season after undergoing hip surgery in November, but he's expected to be ready for opening night. However, Danilo Gallinari is basically locked in as the starting SF and the Nuggets are loaded with quality depth on the wings, so it's unclear how big of a role Chandler will have. The logjam on the wings combined with Chandler's injury history makes him a late-round flier at best.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 10:54 AM

Nikola Jokic looked like a superstar during a 94-91 loss to the United States, finishing with 25 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

He was 11-of-15 from the field and completely dominated on the low block. Jokic is already making his case as the best international big man after his magnificent rookie season. He's an incredible passer and his defense was terrific during this game as well. Nobody will be sleeping on him in fantasy drafts as an early-round pick.
Aug 12 - 8:05 PM

Nikola Jokic scored two points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 21 minutes during a loss to France on Wednesday.

He's not getting many chances to score in the low post with only one shot attempt inside the arc today. Jokic's passing has been great all tournament, which isn't surprising at all after his terrific rookie campaign. Another takeaway is he's looking comfortable at power forward next to Miroslav Raduljica, so hopefully that can translate with Jusuf Nurkic -- Jokic and Nurkic played together a little later in the year. Jokic should have a terrific second season under coach Mike Malone.
Aug 10 - 3:08 PM

Nikola Jokic played 18 minutes against Australia on Monday, scoring seven points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one foul.

He only played 19 minutes on Saturday, so the Serbians aren't playing their best NBA player too much in Rio. The low playing time is likely do to a lack of rapport with other players on the team or maybe Jokic is just taking it easy before camp. Obviously there is nothing to worry about here for one of the breakout players from last season.
Aug 8 - 3:19 PM


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