Player News - Nuggets

Date: Team: Pos:

Nikola Jokic's agent said that Denver picking up Jokic's team option for next season would be "an unfavorable scenario for Nuggets."

Because he was a second-round pick, the Nuggets have a team option of just $1.6 million for 2018-19. However, if they pick up that option, Jokic can become an unrestricted free agent in 2019. If the Nuggets decline the team option this summer, he becomes a restricted free agent and Denver can lock him into a max extension. That is logical, likely outcome.
May 4 - 12:23 PM

Mason Plumlee underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle related injury on Thursday.

Plumlee battled through this injury for a good chunk of the season and deserves some credit for playing through the pain. He's expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp. Plumlee was a key part of Denver's second unit, but he was never a consistent fantasy option and finished with averages of 7.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 blocks in 19.5 minutes.
Apr 26 - 11:53 AM

Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly is hopeful that the team will re-sign Will Barton.

"We’re hopeful we can get something done," Connelly said. "[Barton is] our guy. We love him. I think if he’s back in a Denver jersey, it’s good for both him and the team." Barton also said that he wants to come back, but added that he wants to become a starter. "We’re building something real special here," Barton said. He had a great season with averages of 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 treys and 1.0 steals and should generate a lot of interest this offseason.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 18 - 11:29 AM

Trey Lyles said he's focused on earning more playing time in 2018-19.

"I’m not perfect at anything," Lyles said. "I really want to improve in ways that makes coach keep me on the floor." Lyles' first season in Denver was a mixed bag, and while he had some great moments when Paul Millsap was sidelined with a wrist injury, he disappeared when the Nuggets were at full strength. We like his chances of being the first big off the bench next season, but it's hard to get excited about his outlook with Millsap in town.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 15 - 10:19 AM

Pending free agent Will Barton said he would love to re-sign with the Nuggets, but that he also wants to be a starter.

Barton was terrific for Denver this past season on both ends of the floor, averaging 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.9 treys and 1.0 steals. The Nuggets also had him signed at a considerable discount, as he made just $3.5 million in 2017-18. That will change this summer when he cashes in as a free agent. Denver would obviously love to keep him, but if Barton is determined to secure a starting role, that will be an issue.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 13 - 11:15 AM

Jamal Murray plans to work on his jumper a lot this summer.

"My free throw percentage should be my three-point percentage," Murray said. Thanks to his 90.5 FT% this year, He lived up to the hype and beyond last season, so why not hype him up even more the first day of the offseason? Murray was an 88th percentile spot-up shooter this season and he was 87th percentile on off-screen plays, so making his jumper even better would put him in the upper echelon for shooters. He's just 21, so don't be surprised if he goes from a top-40 guy this year to a top-25 guy next season.
Apr 12 - 2:23 PM

Nikola Jokic scored 35 points during a season-ending 112-106 loss to the Wolves in overtime on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

Well, we won't get Jokic in the playoffs again, and that six-game winning streak the Nuggets had coming into tonight just wasn't enough. They missed a lot of open shots in this loss, but two bad losses in March to the Mavs and Grizzlies certainly jump out as reasons why they won't play this weekend. As for Jokic, he's 23 and he's already emerged as a candidate to go in the top five for nine-category leagues next year.
Apr 11 - 11:26 PM

Jamal Murray scored 20 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday.

While the Nuggets didn't make the playoffs, Murray exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. He finished as a top-40 player in nine-category leagues even after people were dropping him after his slow start. He has missed just one game in his career and he was awesome late in the season. He'll be coming off the board in the top 50 next year.
Apr 11 - 11:21 PM

Gary Harris scored 10 points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday.

He had some uncharacteristic misses, including not being as strong at the rim. Perhaps Harris wasn't healthy from his knee injury, and that could be why he didn't start. Harris still had a tremendous season despite a handful of injuries. He'll be a top-50 pick next year.
Apr 11 - 11:16 PM

Gary Harris is coming off the bench against the Wolves on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Malone said he is still likely going to play Harris 30 minutes, so basically he and Will Barton swap roles from what we're used to. Harris could still see minutes late in the game, which means Jamal Murray or Wilson Chandler would likely be not playing down the stretch. This should be fun.
Apr 11 - 7:32 PM

Gary Harris (knee) will not have a minutes limit for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Timberwolves.

Head coach Mike Malone wouldn't say if Harris would start, but he did say: "Like Apollo Creed said, 'there's no tomorrow.' If I have to play Gary Harris 30 min tonight, I'll play Gary Harris 30 min." He only played 18 minutes on Monday, but he looked good, so at the very least he should be able to flirt with minutes in the mid-20s. That'll take away some from Will Barton's fantasy appeal.
Apr 11 - 7:04 PM

Gary Harris (knee) returned to action on Monday vs. the Blazers, scoring 12 points with one rebound and two steals in 18 minutes.

He was running a little funny early and had a bulky brace, but he came alive down the stretch and also came up with a big steal on Portland's final possession. The Nuggets are facing a must-win game vs. the Wolves on Wednesday with the playoffs on the line, so we'd expect Harris' minutes to ramp up if his knee responds well in the morning.
Apr 9 - 11:43 PM

Nikola Jokic triple-doubled for the 10th time this season in Monday's huge 88-82 win over the Blazers, scoring 15 points with 20 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, one block and one triple.

He pulled down some key rebounds late and had a sick dime to a cutting Jamal Murray in the final two minutes. Jokic finished 5-of-14 from the field and hit all four free throws, finishing with a +18 rating. That's Denver's sixth straight win and they could claim their first playoff berth since 2013 with a win over the Wolves on Wednesday -- both teams are currently tied for the No. 8 seed.
Apr 9 - 11:39 PM

Gary Harris (knee) will play on Monday vs. the Blazers according to coach Mike Malone.

Coach Malone has called Harris the team MVP and he's returning just in time to help the Nuggets clinch a playoff a spot. Harris will come off the bench and is expected to see around 16-20 minutes.
Apr 9 - 7:21 PM

Gary Harris (knee) is expected to play Monday vs. Portland.

The Nuggets need to keep winning to keep their playoff hopes alive, and it sounds like they'll be getting Harris back to join in on the chase for the No. 8 spot tonight. He's missed the past 11 games and will likely have a minutes cap, but even with minutes in the mid-20s he's capable of offering value in fantasy hoops. He's not a great DFS play, but he should be picked up in leagues that go to the bitter end. Will Barton will likely head back to the bench if Harris plays.
Apr 9 - 4:02 PM


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