Player News - Nuggets

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The Nuggets will be ramping up their head coaching search this week, and the process is expected to take most of the month of May.

The current list of candidates includes Melvin Hunt, Mike D'Antoni, Alvin Gentry, and former OKC head coach Scott Brooks. The Nuggets are reportedly looking for a head coach that will institute a fast-paced style, which is always a plus from a fantasy perspective. We'll continue to pass along updates on Denver's head coaching vacancy as they become available.
Source: Denver Post
May 5 - 3:09 PM

The Celtics may be interested in acquiring Ty Lawson, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland.

The Celtics and Nuggets discussed a Lawson deal before the trade deadline, but the Celtics also have Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart in their backcourt so one of those players would likely be included in any deal for Lawson. Celtics president Danny Ainge has promised some big offseason moves, so we'll keep an eye on this situation to see if Lawson is part of those moves.
Source: Grantland
May 5 - 12:49 PM

Ty Lawson's relationship with the Nuggets continues to be shaky, and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post speculates that he could be traded in the near future.

When asked by a Dallas Mavericks fan on Instagram to come play for Dallas, Lawson replied,"I wish". Lawson immediately deleted the post, but not before the media got to it. It's pretty obvious that he has grown frustrated with the Nuggets, and a change of scenery would probably be best for both sides moving forward. We will follow this story closely, but don't be surprised if Lawson is wearing a different uniform to start the 2015-16 season.
Source: Denver Post
May 3 - 9:47 AM

Jameer Nelson said that he will wait for the Nuggets to finalize their decision on their next head coach before deciding whether or not to opt in to his contract for next season.

"Whatever I decide, I'll definitely discuss with that team what my role would be," said Nelson. "I feel like I'm definitely more than a 15 or 18-minute guy, for sure." Nelson was actually surprisingly effective during his brief stint with the Nuggets this season, averaging 9.6 points, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 three-pointers per game through 20.6 minutes of action. Nelson spent the 2014-15 season on three different teams, and while he may feel he's deserving of more than 15 minutes per game, his numbers would suggest otherwise. He doesn't want to be a "locker room leader," but at this point in his career, that's basically what he is.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 17 - 1:44 PM

The Denver Nuggets have begun their search for their next head coach, and they are reportedly considering Mike D'Antoni, Alvin Gentry, Melvin Hunt, and college coach Billy Donovan.

There are sure to be many more names that enter the conversation as rumors swirl around the next potential head coach of the Nuggets, but it is worth noting that Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and Danilo Gallinari have all openly supported current interim head coach Hunt. Hunt led the Nuggets to a 10-13 record following the firing of Brian Shaw, and GM Tim Connelly said that Hunt will certainly be a finalist. Connelly also said that they will take their time in selecting the next head coach, so nothing is imminent at this point.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 16 - 7:12 PM

Kenneth Faried said he hopes the Denver Nuggets retain interim head coach Melvin Hunt.

While Hunt had some success with the Nuggets, the team is thought to be interested in bringing in a new hire and have been linked to Vinny Del Negro and Alvin Gentry. "I feel like we're back to the old Nuggets, and it's exciting," Faried said. "I hope they hire him and I hope he's our coach next year." We'll have to wait to see if Faried gets his way, but it sounds like the team is looking in other directions.
Source: ESPN
Apr 16 - 9:50 AM

Danilo Gallinari scored 18 points against the Warriors during a 133-126 loss on Wednesday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and no turnovers.

He was rested on Monday and only played 23 minutes tonight. Gallinari avoided serious injury partially because the Nuggets managed his minutes. He should be a safer bet in fantasy drafts next season with his first summer without rehab since 2012.
Apr 16 - 1:28 AM

Ty Lawson scored four points against the Warriors on Wednesday with eight assists in 18 minutes.

The Nuggets almost won this game and it came down to the wire. They'll sit in the No. 7 spot for the lottery and they're probably going to have to deal with a ton of Lawson trade rumors, too. Lawson finished with season averages of 15.4 points, 3.2 boards, 9.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 treys.
Apr 16 - 1:25 AM

Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers against the Warriors on Wednesday.

He played just seven minutes on Monday, which basically sums up his season. We saw Nurkic post some massive numbers at times, but his coaches always seemed to keep the doghouse open for him. The Nuggets might draft a big man, which would hurt Nurkic's upside.
Apr 16 - 1:22 AM

Jusuf Nurkic will join Ty Lawson, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari in the starting lineup vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

He hasn't been playing well at all, but the Nuggets are resting Faried tonight and Nurkic could have a big game if he manages to stay out of foul trouble. Regardless, he is only worth a last-second look for any owner in need of boards and blocks.
Apr 15 - 10:15 PM

Danilo Gallinari will play vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

Gallinari was rested along with Ty Lawson against the Clippers on Monday, but the Nuggets simply didn't want them to play in the second half of a back-to-back set since they had nothing to play for. However, Gallinari has been sensational in recently, and he is a must-start option in all leagues tonight.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 9:43 PM

Ty Lawson and Danilo Gallinari will play vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

Lawson was rested against the Clippers on Monday, but it was mainly because the Nuggets were on the second half of a back-to-back set. Lawson obviously belongs in all lineups whenever he takes the floor, so go ahead and roll him out there. Erick Green will shift to the bench and lose most of his value.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 9:41 PM

Randy Foye (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Warriors.

With Foye out, there should be more minutes going to Gary Harris at the two. We could see Erick Green log some minutes there as well. Foye had another strong finish after the break, averaging 11.7 points, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 treys in his final 26 games this season.
Apr 15 - 3:19 PM

Kenneth Faried (rest) and Randy Foye (rest) will not play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

The Nuggets are one game "up" on the Pistons for the No. 7 spot in the lottery. Considering the Pistons play the Knicks, the Nuggets really need to lose this one. With Faried out tonight, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari should log big minutes with plenty of shots. J.J. Hickson and Jusuf Nurkic should also get more run. Faried's somewhat disappointing season ends with averages of 12.6 points, 8.9 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks.
Apr 15 - 3:14 PM

Jameer Nelson (hip) will not play against the Warriors on Wednesday.

With Ty Lawson expected to return, Erick Green figures to the backup point guard. Nelson has one more year on his deal and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
Apr 15 - 3:02 PM


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