Player News - Nuggets

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J.J. Hickson received a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy.

It's for marijuana and he will not be paid for those games. Hickson is recovering from ACL surgery and is hoping to be ready for training camp. With Hickson out, Kenneth Faired will get all the minutes he can handle while JaVale McGee and Timofey Mozgov will hold down the center spot. Hickson is not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 17 - 4:06 PM

Kenneth Faried said he wanted to face Spain in the FIBA World Cup final.

He's been trying to play the underdog card for the entire tournament, but Team USA continues to just roll teams. In fact, Faried has a total +/- of +157 in his eight FIBA games, averaging 12.5 points, 7.9 boards, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 steals on 67.6 percent from the field. He had a breakout second half last season and it's looking more likely that will continue in 2014.15.
Sep 12 - 12:42 PM

Danilo Gallinari (knee) said he made a wrong choice going to the Steadman Clinic following his knee injury from the 2012-13 season.

The clinic is located in Colorado and has been a popular place for orthopedic surgery among athletes. Gallo said he feels great and he's ready to return to action. He had his last surgery seven months ago and he's been out of game action since his Apr. 4, 2013. He could be worth the risk in the second half of fantasy drafts.
Source: Sportando
Sep 6 - 10:02 AM

Coach Brian Shaw said the FIBA World Cup will help Kenneth Faried's confidence heading into training camp.

"It will give him a sense of accomplishment knowing he could play on the biggest stage and do well. What comes with that is … we’re watching, too," Shaw said. "We’re going to have expectations for him to continue that when he gets here." Faried has stepped it up on defense and he's sitting at an absurd 79.1 percent from the field to go with averages of 13.8 points and 7.8 boards. He was on fire after the break last year, so it's starting to look like he'll be a stud this season even with the Nuggets getting some depth.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 5 - 9:29 AM

Kenneth Faried posted 10 points to go along with eight rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes of action during Team USA's 95-71 win over Team Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball on Thursday.

Faried plus-21 plus/minus rating tied DeMarcus Cousins for Team USA's best on the day as the 24-year-old has emerged as one of the best players in the tournament thus far. FIBA competition doesn't always translate to NBA competition, but Faried's fantasy owners could be in for one heck of a ride if he can carry this momentum into the regular season.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 4 - 1:32 PM

Ty Lawson worked out with some teammates in Denver on Wednesday.

The team's Twitter account posted some videos of Ty shooting jumpers, so the full extent of his workout isn't known. He couldn't run back in June from his ankle sprain, but we think he's 100 percent and ready to go for training camp. Lawson had trouble shooting the ball last season with his team decimated by injuries, so he should be better this season with Arron Afflalo and Danilo Gallinari set to help him. He's a low-end No. 1 point guard in standard leagues.
Sep 3 - 3:24 PM

Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets continue to discuss a contract extension, and Faried has made it clear that he wants to stay in Denver.

Faried has emerged as a starter for Team USA and his terrific play in Spain should only increase the Nuggets' desire to lock him up now, rather than testing his value in restricted free agency next year. Fantasy owners gauging his value should look at his numbers over the final two months of the 2013-14 season -- 18.8 points on 54.6 percent shooting, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.7 blocks.
Sep 3 - 9:21 AM

Kenneth Faired posted 15 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, and one block in Team USA's win over New Zealand on Tuesday.

The Manimal lead Team USA in minutes during the victory and was the only player on the team to record double-digit rebounds. The 24-year-old has been one of Team USA's best players during the tournament so far and is going to end up being a mid-round steal in fantasy drafts if he can carryover his strong international play to the NBA regular season.
Source: FIBA.com
Sep 2 - 1:49 PM

Team USA survived a scare from Turkey on Sunday, led by a 22-point game from Kenneth Faried and a second-half surge from Anthony Davis.

The U.S. trailed by five points at halftime as Turkey's zone defense initially gave them fits. They pounded the ball inside in the second half and quickly regained control of the game before cruising to a 98-77 victory. It was a good test for Team USA, which will return to action vs. Group C opponent New Zealand on Tuesday.
Aug 31 - 6:01 PM

Ty Lawson said the Nuggets will have more of a defensive mindset this upcoming season.

"I already know we can score, everybody knows we can score with the best of them," Lawson said. "But my mindset going into training camp is everybody buying into the defensive end." It took Lawson until June for his ankle to heal after missing 20 games last season. If the Nuggets do slow down, it could cost Lawson some stats. Still, the bigger concern is his health, making him a third-round target in most formats.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 29 - 9:34 AM

Timofey Mozgov said on Thursday that "all the talks about [a] trade to Cleveland are just rumors."

"My last season in Denver was good," he continued. "And to try and do something to leave the team wouldn’t be smart." Mozgov also admitted that he does not want to join the Cavaliers to simply coast to a championship. "I would like to play with LeBron. But even though playing for a contender is cool, you got to understand that I want to be part of the team and not to just join a contender and ride the coattails, being a burden."
Aug 28 - 2:49 PM

The Cavaliers are still trying to acquire Timofey Mozgov, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

As the Cavs continue their search for a center to backup Anderson Varejao, their search is focused on the Nuggets' Mozgov and Kosta Koufos of the Memphis Grizzlies. Windhorst adds that the Cavs have been trying to acquire Mozgov for the last six to eight weeks while the Grizzlies are reluctant to part with Koufos due to Marc Gasol's injury last season. Mozgov wouldn't have much fantasy value in Cleveland, but a trade could open up more minutes for JaVale McGee and J.J. Hickson in Denver.
Aug 26 - 12:40 PM

Randy Foye is ready to compete for the starting shooting guard position with Arron Afflalo.

"As an athlete and competitor, you’ve been competing and going against guys your whole life," Foye said. "It’s going to be fun. I take it as a challenge and I look forward to it." Foye lit it up from beyond the arc last season, averaging 2.3 three-pointers a game, to go along with 13.2 points, and 3.5 assists through 30.7 minutes of action. The introduction of Afflalo to the Denver roster, partnered with the return of Nate Robinson (knee) will make it difficult for Foye to return to last season's averages, and he doesn't look like much more than a 3-point specialist.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 24 - 1:18 PM

Kenneth Faried said he was "surprised" at his starting role with the U.S. men's national team.

Faried was named the starting power forward in the team's first warm-up game against Brazil, and now seems thoroughly entrenched at that spot. He was initially a long-shot to make the final 12-man roster, but withdrawals from Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, and the injury to Paul George have left team USA thin at the forward spots. His unrelenting energy and hustle have made him both a solid fantasy option and a starter for the national team.
Aug 21 - 3:59 PM

Kenneth Faried will start for Team USA vs. Brazil on Saturday.

He'll start next to Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis. Faried was fantastic down the stretch last season and has become a much better offensive player. Fantasy owners can look to target him in the middle rounds.
Aug 16 - 8:45 PM


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