Player News - Nuggets

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Jameer Nelson isn't sure if he has a future with the Nuggets.

"Like I said we’ll figure it out and see what’s going on," Nelson said. "I would love to come back here. That’s the reason why I signed a three-year deal. But it’s just one of those things that, it’s a business. It’s a business, and we have to figure it out." The Nuggets will likely try to re-sign D.J. Augustin this summer, meaning Nelson would be the third-string PG on the roster, a role that he said isn't "ideal at all." Expect the trade rumors to heat up if Augustin is brought back.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 22 - 10:43 AM

The Kings and Brian Shaw have mutual interest in agreeing to terms on a head-coaching deal.

Shaw was a very popular coaching candidate four years ago, but his time in Denver did not go well at all. Every team is different, but Shaw having some issues with players' efforts may seem like a bad fit for this team. The Kings are expected to look at around 20 coaching candidates.
Apr 20 - 6:12 PM

Axel Toupane was named NBA D-League Most Improved Player.

He came out of nowhere and made an impact in April for the Nuggets thanks to some injuries. Toupane is going to be 24 next season and he most likely won't be in the rotation.
Apr 20 - 3:36 PM

Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said that Danilo Gallinari (ankle) was close to being an All-Star this season.

"I think Gallinari, with more team success, would have been an All-Star this year," Connelly said. "I’m so proud of how he bounced back from a major injury. He’s fully back, back better than ever. You’d be hard-pressed to find 10 tougher offensive matchups in the NBA." An unfortunate ankle injury cut his season short, but he looked great this year with averages of 19.5 points, 5.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 41.0 percent shooting. He has some durability concerns, but he will be a nice mid-round pick next season.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 16 - 10:04 AM

Mike Miller made his second start of the season on Wednesday and finished with five points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in just 18 minutes.

Miller got a token start tonight and won't be a fantasy asset no matter where he lands as a free agent this summer. He played more than 350 minutes this season without attempting a single free throw, indicative of his role as a strict spot-up shooter at this point in his career.
Apr 14 - 2:16 AM

Kenneth Faried made a surprise appearance on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 19 minutes of action.

Faried even made a 3-pointer, the second of his career, and for whatever reason the Nuggets opted to deploy him as a reserve tonight after two straight precautionary DNP-CDs. Mike Malone got an extended look at a frontcourt pairing of Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic down the stretch, and Joffrey Lauvergne is also in the mix, so it's unclear how Denver sees Faried fitting into their long-term plans -- he's owed $38.8 million over the next three seasons.
Apr 14 - 2:16 AM

Darrell Arthur (sore left knee) did not play in Utah's season finale.

The veteran was a DNP in four of Utah's final five games and there was no reason for him to suit up in a meaningless contest tonight -- Houston had eliminated the Jazz from the playoffs prior to their late-night tip-off. Arthur has an interesting decision to make in regards to his $2.9 million player option this summer.
Apr 14 - 2:15 AM

Gary Harris' recent groin injury didn't limit him on Wednesday, as he played 37 minutes to finish a road loss with 16 points, four rebounds and one assist.

Harris knocked down 6-of-15 shots with a pair of 3-pointers and the fact that he approached 40 minutes despite a groin injury sums up how much coach Mike Malone loves him. With minimal fanfare, the second-year guard crept into mid-round value this season (9-cat) with averages of 12.2 points, 1.4 triples, 2.9 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals, while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the line.
Apr 14 - 2:15 AM

Jusuf Nurkic ended his season in style on Wednesday with 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks in 39 minutes vs. the Blazers.

It took most of the season before Mike Malone truly started to turn Nurkic loose, and his persistent knee injury didn't help matters. Most fantasy owners will only remember the frustrating aspects of his sophomore campaign, but his upside is glaring -- on a per-36-minute 17.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.9 blocks and 1.3 steals. Granted there were 6.1 fouls to go along with those numbers, but even a steady 25-minute role would be sufficient for value in most leagues next season.
Apr 14 - 2:14 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay contributed 25 points, six assists and four rebounds to the Nuggets' losing efforts on Wednesday, making 11-of-23 shots with one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

The rookie's awful shooting was a leaden weight for his fantasy value all season, and his True Shooting Percentage of 43.5 percent ranks 345th out of 350 qualifying players. That shouldn't obscure his much-improved play down the stretch, however, and a summer's worth of work on his flaws should give him the momentum to be a top-100 pick in most formats.
Apr 14 - 2:14 AM

Gary Harris is starting against the Blazers on Wednesday night.

He is good to go after being listed questionable on Tuesday. The Nuggets could help themselves slightly in the lottery with the Bucks and Kings losing tonight. Harris had a terrific season and it's an easy argument to make that he looks like a better player than Doug McDermott.
Apr 13 - 10:28 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne (back) is not expected to play on Wednesday against the Blazers.

That means there should be more of the frontcourt combo of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Both should be very attractive plays tonight in what should be an up-tempo game. Lauvergne probably won't be a big factor for the Nuggets next season.
Apr 13 - 2:34 PM

Gary Harris (groin) has been upgraded to probable to face the Blazers on Wednesday.

He was questionable yesterday, so he must be feeling better. Harris should get around his season average of 32 minutes for his final game of his mini-breakout sophomore season. He'll be assigned to guarding C.J. McCollum in a big game for the Blazers.
Apr 13 - 2:32 PM

Joffrey Lauvergne (lower back soreness) is probable to play Wednesday vs. Portland.

Lauvergne will more than likely be out there for Denver's regular-season finale, but he's just too inconsistent to depend upon in standard settings.
Apr 12 - 4:39 PM

Darrell Arthur (sore left knee) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Portland.

The 28-year-old has little incentive to suit up for a meaningless game at less than 100 percent, particularly with the development of Jusuf Nurkic, Joffrey Lauvernge and Nikola Jokic being a priority for Denver. He'll likely miss Wednesday's game, which will benefit the aforementioned players.


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