Player News - Nuggets

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Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting that the Clippers and Thunder could make a push for Wilson Chandler at the deadline.

Both teams are in the market for a SF, as the Clippers were previously linked to Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder had their eyes on Rudy Gay (Achilles) before his injury. There was a report in early February that Chandler wanted a trade due to "inconsistency with his role," but his minutes have stabilized due to a lot of injuries in Denver. The Nuggets are committed to making a playoff push and won't just give Chandler away, but it's worth noting that Danilo Gallinari's name is also floating around the rumor mill. A trade could hurt Chandler or Gallinari, but it would open up minutes for impressive rookie Juancho Hernangomez.
Feb 19 - 9:43 AM

The Celtics will "keep an eye on" Danilo Gallinari (groin) as a possible trade target, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

The Celtics are reportedly making their picks available for the right deal, including the potential No. 1 lottery spot with Brooklyn's pick. That pick likely isn't going to be in play for Gallinari, but young talent or future firsts could be in play on this deal. Gallo would take a big hit in big hit in Boston while Will Barton and Juancho Hernangomez could benefit.
Feb 18 - 8:13 PM

Johnny O'Bryant re-joined the Northern Arizona Suns of the D-League after his 10-day contract with the Nuggets ended.

O'Bryant had signed two consecutive 10-day contracts with Denver. He appeared in a total of seven games, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He should obviously be left on waiver wires in all leagues.
Feb 18 - 9:52 AM

Jamal Murray took home MVP honors in the Rising Stars Challenge during the World's 150-141 win on Friday, scoring 36 points with four rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and nine 3-pointers in just 20 minutes.

The arrows were flying in New Orleans for the No. 7 pick in the 2016 draft. Late in this game, Murray got about as hot as anyone could get this side of Klay Thompson's 37-point third quarter against the Kings, scoring 25 points in the second half tonight. Heading into the second half of the season, Murray could be a more effective scorer with how Mason Plumlee is such a great passer out of the post. Still, he doesn't have a clear path for minutes and the Nuggets looking like they want to go for the No. 8 seed makes it less likely Jameer Nelson is traded. Long term, Murray looks like a good one.
Feb 17 - 11:24 PM

Nikola Jokic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Rising Stars game on Friday.

We all know flirting with a triple-double was nothing new. It looked like Jokic was on his way to lead the night in highlights with four no-look passes in the first half, but the World got away from it and just chucked treys. Just like he does during the season, Jokic brought the ball up and is a true point center. His fantasy owners should be expecting him to flirt with first-round value going forward.
Feb 17 - 11:23 PM

Gary Harris fell two points shy of his season high on Wednesday, making 8-of-17 shots with three 3-pointers to score 22 points in 38 minutes.

Harris added four boards, two assists and two steals, and this marks his fourth strong shooting performance. His minutes are up due to injuries recently, but his mid-round fantasy value is safe no matter who suits up for Denver.
Feb 15 - 11:49 PM

Juan Hernangomez followed up Monday's career game with just three points on 1-of-6 shooting, three assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

Wilson Chandler was out due to illness and Danilo Gallinari is still out with a groin injury, but Hernangomez couldn't duplicate Monday's magic. Denver's slew of injured big men should all be ready on the other side of the break, assuming they're not traded, so it's hard to stash Hernangomez at the moment. That said, the Nuggets were "very excited" about the rookie even before Monday's breakout, and he's certainly on the radar in deeper leagues.
Feb 15 - 11:48 PM

Denver followed up Monday's upset win vs. the Warriors with a loss to the Wolves, despite getting 16 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds from starting PG Jameer Nelson.

Nelson made 7-of-15 shots with one 3-pointer and he's been very good in the absence of Emmanuel Mudiay (back). Mudiay has extra time to heal during the break, but even if he's healthy Nelson has enough juice to be worth a look in standard leagues.
Feb 15 - 11:47 PM

Nikola Jokic filled it up again on Wednesday with 15 points, 14 rebounds (four offensive), four assists, four blocks and one steal.

Jokic played alongside Mason Plumlee for most of the game, but that was mostly out of desperation with so many frontcourt guys injured. He shot just 6-of-19 from the field but also hit two 3-pointers and lit it up everywhere else, the type of performance that's becoming ho-hum for the elite big man.
Feb 15 - 11:47 PM

Will Barton shifted to the bench on Wednesday and notched 18 points with nine rebounds, two assists and one block, making 7-of-15 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs in 38 minutes.

Mason Plumlee started tonight and coach Mike Malone shifted Barton to the bench to give the second unit some scoring punch. It's a role he seems to prefer for Barton, who continues to put up solid value no matter where he begins the game. His role could change if Denver makes more trades during the break, but either way he's worth holding rest-of-season.
Feb 15 - 11:46 PM

Mason Plumlee made a surprising start in his Nuggets' debut on Wednesday, going for 11 points (4-of-8 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes.

Nuggets coach Mike Malone said he doesn't anticipate playing Plumlee more than 10-12 minutes alongside Nikola Jokic. He started as the primary defender on Karl-Anthony Towns tonight, however, with Kenneth Faried (ankle), Darrell Arthur (knee), Danilo Gallinari (groin) and Wilson Chandler (illness) all on the sidelines. Plumlee's outlook is clouded by the likelihood that he'll get stuck in a reserve role behind the red-hot Joker. It doesn't help that he was just a top-100 guy while starting in Portland. Hold him at your own risk.

Will Barton will return to Denver's bench on Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves.

Mason Plumlee is getting a surprise start tonight, but we've seen Barton play well enough as a reserve that it's not a big deal. Denver is so short-handed that they'll still need him to log heavy minutes.
Feb 15 - 8:34 PM

Mason Plumlee will start and Will Barton will move to the bench against the Wolves on Wednesday.

Wow. Coach Mike Malone said he was looking to play Plumlee around 10 minutes next to Nikola Jokic, so that may actually be low against Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng. Plumlee is almost certainly going to lose value, but this move gives his patient owners some hope.
Feb 15 - 8:33 PM

Wilson Chandler (illness) is out against the Wolves on Wednesday night.

He was very unlikely to play, so he'll have the All-Star break to feel better. Chandler was also on the trade block, but that may have changed due to his new role at small forward. For tonight, we should get another heavy dose of Juan Hernangomez.
Feb 15 - 7:25 PM

Coach Mike Malone said he's not expecting Wilson Chandler (illness) to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

That means Juan Hernangomez is the heavy favorite to start and will try to build off his career-high 27 points against the Warriors. Will Barton would also be in a great spot for tonight. We'll have another update on Chandler later this evening, but Hernangomez looks like a nice play tonight.
Feb 15 - 6:05 PM


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