Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Nate Robinson (knee) posted a video of himself dunking on Friday.

He's on track for training camp and this video fits right in with that timetable. Robinson tore his ACL on Jan. 29, so he probably won't be at full speed to start the year. Although, he's a freak athlete and may be able to get back to 100 percent faster than guys like Lou Williams or Rajon Rondo. Nate is not worth drafting in most leagues until he's consistently in the mid-20s for minutes.
Aug 16 - 4:04 PM

The Nuggets will sign Jerrell Benimon to a partially-guaranteed two-year deal.

He'll head to training camp and have to battle to get on the 15-man roster. He's a 6'8" forward and had some range at Towson last year and also ranked second at Las Vegas Summer League in rebounds per game. The Nuggets are much healthier than they were at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, so Benimon will have his hands full.
Aug 15 - 9:42 AM

Rudy Fernandez signed a multi-year contract extension with Real Madrid on Thursday.

The deal ties Fernandez to Real Madrid up to the 2018 season. Fernandez was drawing interest from teams around the NBA, but it appears he is much more comfortable playing overseas. He last played in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets in 2012.
Aug 14 - 3:34 PM

The Cavs offered a first-round pick to the Nuggets for Timofey Mozgov.

The Cavs will need a center behind Anderson Varejao and Mozgov would be a nice fit. He's not a great offensive guy, but who needs more offense with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love? Mozgov projects as the starting center for the Nuggets, so if he's dealt he'd open up more playing time for JaVale McGee, J.J. Hickson, Jusuf Nurkic.
Aug 8 - 11:15 AM

Kenneth Faried said that he's worked to develop a reliable 15-foot jump shot this summer.

"I'm able to step out and pick-and-pop more," said Faried, who is competing for a spot on Team USA. "And if I need to, pick-and-roll." The Manimal made only 30.6 percent of his jumpers last season, making him a reluctant pick-and-pop player, so this could be a big step for his offensive development. He continues to discuss an extension with the Nuggets, who have until Oct. 31 to preempt his restricted free agency.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 6 - 10:02 AM

Jan Vesely has signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahçe Ülker of the Turkish League.

If this is the last we see of Vesely in the NBA, he'll leave the league with career with averages of 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game over three seasons with the Wizards and Nuggets. The former lottery pick could use his time in Turkey as a springboard to return to the NBA, but fantasy owners don't need to worry about the 24-year-old for at least the next two years.
Source: Sportando
Aug 5 - 11:18 AM

Jusuf Nurkic was declared a "traitor" by the Bosnian basketball federation.

This happened just after he signed his contract with the Nuggets and the federation said that Nurkic "betrayed their trust" and left the team without permission. The No. 16 pick in the draft didn't return calls from the coaching staff as the team prepares for the qualifying round of Eurobasket 2015. Meanwhile, he's not expected to see many minutes with the Nuggets this season unless they're gashed by injuries again.
Aug 1 - 10:52 AM

Jusuf Nurkic's rookie deal is reportedly worth $7 million over four years.

The deal also includes a team option in years three and four. Nurkic was taken 16th overall by the Nuggets in the 2014 draft, and opted out of his contract with his Croatian league team in order to join the NBA immediately. It was also reported on Thursday that he will not play for the Bosnian national team due to a health-related ailment.
Jul 31 - 4:48 PM

Garry Harris' rookie deal with the Denver Nuggets is for $6.1 million over four years.

Harris was projected to be a lottery pick but he dropped to 19th overall in the 2014 draft. He was hot-and-cold during this past Summer League in Vegas, dropping 33 points in one game against the Raptors, then shooting 1-of-12 the very next night against the Bulls. Harris is very talented, but he needs to crack the Nuggets' rotation first before he can even be considered a fantasy hoops option.
Jul 31 - 4:41 PM

Jusuf Nurkic will not play for the Bosnian national team in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

It is currently unclear as to what his ailment is, but Nurkic indicated his decision is health-related. "I am sorry I can’t help the team. I am sorry for people who are looking for a story here. I have always said that I love to play for my National Team. And I will play in the future. But it is about my health. I am sorry if some people think differently," said Nurkic. While the Nuggets first-round pick is expected to participate in training camp, his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues.
Source: Sportando
Jul 31 - 11:27 AM

Jan Vesely is expected to fly to Istanbul, Turkey this week to have his physical.

He signed a deal with Fenerbahçe Ülker and won't be in the NBA this season. Vesely was a disaster for much of his career as one of the worst players at the free throw line.
Source: Sportando
Jul 28 - 9:19 AM

Erick Green's deal with the Denver Nuggets will be for three years, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Green played overseas last season and had a stellar Vegas Summer League for the Nuggets where he averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals. Despite his Summer League success, it will be tough for Green to crack the back court rotation in Denver next season.
Jul 24 - 3:24 PM

Nuggets signed Jusuf Nurkic to a deal.

He's expected to stay with the Nuggets this season and his salary should be around $1.7 million. Nurkic will be the No. 3 center on the depth chart and will not be in the rotation to start the season.
Jul 23 - 10:38 PM


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