Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Kenneth Faried hinted that rookie Emmanuel Mudiay will be the starting point guard this season.

"I have high expectations for him because he’s basically going to be our starting point guard and the Nuggets have high expectations," Faried said. This isn't a surprise by any means, but Mudiay's fantasy value will be much higher if he gets the starting nod over Jameer Nelson. Mudiay might struggle shooting from the field and his turnovers could be pretty high, but he is likely going to play a lot of minutes and should be one of the first rookies off the board.
Source: Rappler
Aug 28 - 10:19 AM

Kenneth Faried said that he has talked with head coach Mike Malone and said that he is excited to get to work with him.

"Of course we talked. We have to talk," Faried said. "We’re excited about this season. I’ve watched film on him, he’s watched film on me. I needed to know what type of coach I was getting myself into." Faried should be able to blossom under Malone a lot like DeMarcus Cousins did when Malone was in Sacramento, so the Manimal's arrow is pointing up. Faried has been working hard to improve his all-around game this summer, and he is shaping up to be a solid mid-round pick.
Source: Rappler
Aug 28 - 9:58 AM

Shavlik Randolph does not have an NBA opt-out in the third year of his contract with the Lianoning Flying Leopards.

Randolph is hoping to hook on with an NBA team after the Chinese season, so he signed the deal with the hopes that the lack of a third year opt-out becomes null and void. The 31-year-old has only averaged 2.3 points per game during his eight-year NBA career, so it's unlikely we'll see him back in the NBA any time soon.
Aug 13 - 12:32 PM

Shavlik Randolph signed with Liaoning in China on a three-year deal worth around $7-8 million.

He has an NBA out clause for each year and is hoping to join an NBA team after the Chinese season. Zach Randolph is now the last of the Randolphs in the NBA. We miss you, Ant-Rand.
Aug 12 - 9:41 PM

The Nuggets will likely waive Kostas Papanikolaou before his contract becomes guaranteed on October 4.

The Nuggets currently have 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster, so with Papnikolaou's non-guaranteed deal of $4.8 million, it seems all but certain that he will eventually be waived by Denver. He struggled to bring any meaningful statistics to the box score during his rookie year with the Rockets, and it's unlikely he'll be a fantasy factor in standard leagues any time soon.
Aug 11 - 6:58 PM

Free agent F Marcus Williams is finalizing a deal with the Jilin Tigers in China.

Williams signed with the Nuggets last season but didn't play in any games, and he hasn't seen any NBA action since the 2008-09 season with the Spurs. He's a former MVP of the Chinese Basketball Association, but the CBA also banned him for six months after he tested positive for marijuana in 2013. It's more than likely that his NBA career has concluded.
Aug 9 - 5:51 PM

General manager Tim Connelly said elite players having "early failures [in their career] led to big-time success down the road."

"There’s going to be nights when Emmanuel [Mudiay] is going to look like a 19-year old, and hopefully there’s nights where he looks like one of the elite point guards in the league," Connelly said. "But we’re not going to put too much pressure on him." Reading between the lines, we're going to see a lot of the No. 7 pick. The GM also said the decision to play Mudiay is up to coach Mike Malone, who has already said the Nuggets are Mudiay's team. He is a very good bet to lead rookies in minutes per game.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 8 - 4:10 PM

Nuggets re-sign G/F Will Barton.

The move from Portland helped Barton get playing time with the Nuggets last season, averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.7 treys in 28 games. Barton will play at both wing spots this upcoming season, but a healthy Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler will keep his minutes low.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 7 - 4:39 PM

The Nuggets have agreed to a two-year deal with Darrell Arthur.

The second year of the deal has a player option. Arthur will have a new coach next season with Mike Malone and he may play him as more of a traditional four. The Nuggets do have some interesting younger prospects at the forward spots with Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne, so Arthur's minutes should be low out of the gate.
Aug 7 - 3:52 PM

Kenneth Faried said that he has focused on improving his defense this summer.

"My defense, I've focused on that," Faried said. "I've been watching film on guys that I consider my toughest matchups, and I've been able to dissect them so that when the season comes around I'm able to guard those players — and become the player I want to be, and that's hopefully defensive player of the year one day and first-team all-defense." Faried also added that he has been communicating with head coach Mike Malone and that he has been in the gym every day, so things are starting to look up for the Manimal.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 5 - 9:30 AM

Danilo Gallinari has been working a lot on his legs and knees this summer, and he said that he feels really good.

"I've been working a lot in the gym for my legs and knees,"Gallinari said. "I feel really good. After playing almost the whole season last year, I was very happy to finish in the way that I finished and the way that we finished the season. That was a goal for me, and the goal in order to start on the right foot next season. Body-wise, I feel very, very good." Injuries have been a major concern for Gallinari during his NBA career, but the good news is that he will enter the 2015-16 campaign at 100 percent. After recently signing a lucrative extension with the Nuggets, expectations will be high in Denver for Gallinari and he will be worth a early-late round selection on draft day.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 4 - 2:17 PM

Contrary to a previous report, the Nuggets are not waiving Kostas Papanikolaou "at this time."

The McNuggets could very well eventually waive Papanikolaou, but it doesn't appear to be imminent as had been reported. If cut loose, there should be a handful of NBA teams willing to give him a long look.
Aug 3 - 9:36 AM

Former lottery pick Joe Alexander reportedly turned down a summer contract with the Celtics to sign with the Italian team Sassari.

Since leaving the NBA, Alexander has played in Russia, Israel and the D-League, and he also missed two full years while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. "I don’t think NBA teams are seriously considering D-League guys for long-term roster spots," Alexander said back in January. "The prospect of playing at a high level overseas and getting a longer contract is a risk I was willing to take." It sounds like his NBA career has come to an end.
Aug 2 - 4:50 PM

The Nuggets will waive Kostas Papanikolaou.

His contract isn't guaranteed, so this move isn't a surprise. Papanikolaou was sent to the Nuggets in the Ty Lawson trade and now he'll have to look to join another team.
Aug 1 - 4:03 PM

Danilo Gallinari announced his contract extension on Friday.

He used his Instagram to show the signing of his contract. Gallinari's deal is a two-year, $34 million contract to stay with his second NBA team. He and Wilson Chandler will be the main wings to help bring Emmanuel Mudiay along.
Jul 31 - 8:03 PM


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