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Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks

Jun 23, 2017 4:27 PM

The Denver Nuggets discussed a Jimmy Butler trade with the Chicago Bulls, but were unwilling to include Jamal Murray in any deal.

Murray was one of the league's better rookies last season and is part of Denver's core around Nikola Jokic.

Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

Chicago instead traded Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Tags: Jamal Murray, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver

Jun 22, 2017 8:58 PM

The Utah Jazz have traded Trey Lyles and the No. 24 overall pick to the Denver Nuggets for the No. 13 pick that they used on Donovan Mitchell.

Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

Lyles was a lottery pick in 2015 out of Kentucky.

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Tags: Donovan Mitchell, Trey Lyles, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets

Jun 22, 2017 6:12 PM

The Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls were engaged with the Phoenix Suns on Eric Bledsoe trade talks leading to the draft.

If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Bledsoe.

Chris Haynes adds the talks with Denver would feature Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick.

Josh Jackson is a more likely pick at No. 4 if Bledsoe is not dealt.

Bledsoe signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns in 2014.

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Tags: Eric Bledsoe, De'Aaron Fox, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Tender Qualifying Offer To Mason Plumlee

Jun 21, 2017 10:28 PM

The Denver Nuggets have tendered a qualifying offer to Mason Plumlee, which will make him a restricted free agent. Plumlee's qualifying offer is worth approximately $4.59 million.

Plumlee was acquired by the Nuggets in February from the Portland Trail Blazers for Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick. 

Plumlee averaged 9.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 23.4 minutes after joining the Nuggets. Plumlee has a career PER of 18.0.

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Tags: Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Chris Paul Expected To Meet With Clippers, Spurs, Nuggets, Rockets

Jun 15, 2017 2:15 PM

Chris Paul plans to meet with the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets in free agency.

Paul can earn $205 million over five years with the Clippers, or $152 million over four years with another team.

The Clippers have recently become “nervous” about the reports that San Antonio will make a big push to sign Paul.

The Spurs and Rockets finished with the second and third seeds in the Western Conference. Denver just missed out on the playoffs but they have a promising young core with a lot of depth.

In 2013, Paul informed the Clippers he was going to sign with the Rockets until they finalized their deal to hire Doc Rivers.

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Tags: Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Promote Arturas Karnisovas To GM

Jun 14, 2017 5:42 PM

The Denver Nuggets have promoted Arturas Karnisovas to general manager while also elevating Tim Connelly to president of basketball operations.

Karnisovas was a candidate to become general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks along with Justin Zanik.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Hire Pete D'Alessandro As Assistant GM

Jun 9, 2017 10:19 PM

The Orlando Magic have agreed to hire Pete D'Alessandro as assistant general manager.

D'Alessandro most recently was with the Denver Nuggets, though he was more on the business side. D'Alessandro will now move back to the basketball side of the front office.

D'Alessandro was previously general manager of the Sacramento Kings.

This offseason, the Magic hired Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations and John Hammond as general manager.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Have Justin Zanik, Wes Wilcox, Arturas Karnisovas As GM Finalists

Jun 7, 2017 10:27 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have narrowed their general manager search to three candidates.

Denver Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Atlanta Hawks ex-GM and current ownership adviser Wes Wilcox and Milwaukee assistant GM Justin Zanik have emerged after a round of interviews in New York this week.

Zanik is currently serving as interim general manager following the departure of John Hammond. Zanik was hired by the Bucks as assistant GM in 2016.

Karnisovas was a finalist for the Brooklyn Nets GM job a year ago.

Wilcox was most recently demoted as general manager of the Hawks.

Milwaukee co-owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens will play the key roles in making the hire.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bucks Interested In Wilcox, Stefanski, Dinwiddie, Karnisovas For GM Job

May 31, 2017 10:30 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks have been granted permission to interview several front office candidates as they look to fill their general manager vacancy.

John Hammond departed the Bucks last week to join the Orlando Magic with Justin Zanik acting as interim GM.

Milwaukee made calls on Tuesday to inquire about Indiana vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie, Denver assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas, Memphis Grizzlies VP of player personnel Ed Stefanski and Atlanta Hawks special adviser to ownership Wes Wilcox.

Stefanski and Wilcox both were general managers in the NBA. Stefanski was GM of the Philadelphia 76ers (2007-11) and Wilcox was with the Hawks (2015-17).

Dinwiddie and Karnisovas have emerged as two of the NBA’s most respected young front-office executives.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Danilo Gallinari Declines $16.1M Player Option With Nuggets

May 30, 2017 7:14 PM

Danilo Gallinari will decline his $16.1 million player option with the Denver Nuggets for the 17-18 season to become an unrestricted free agent.

Gallinari remains interested in signing a long-term deal with the Nuggets.

Tim Connelly has expressed a strong desire to keep Gallinari as part of the franchise’s core.

After a knee injury and surgery that cost him the 2013-14 season, Gallinari has re-established the durability of his knee in the past two seasons.

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Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Will Barton Prefers 2018 Free Agency Over Extension With Nuggets
Will Barton will be entering the final year of his three-year, $11 million contract in the 17-18 season.

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Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery
Jamal Murray averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while being the only Nuggets player to appear in all 82 games.

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Nuggets Will Take Wait-And-See Approach On Danilo Gallinari's Free Agency
The Nuggets have long resisted trade offers for Danilo Gallinari.

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Nuggets Will Be Aggressive In Extension Talks With Gary Harris
Tim Connelly said Gary Harris "kind of embodies everything that we're trying to be."

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets
The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading Paul George.

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Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George
Jamal Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

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Nuggets Acquire Roy Hibbert From Bucks
The move will get the Nuggets closer to the salary cap floor.

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Paul George Not Interested In Nuggets Long-Term After Pacers Receive 'Monster' Offer
The Nuggets conveyed a "monster" offer to the Pacers for Paul George but the talks gained no traction.

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Nuggets Building Around Nikola Jokic, Considered Completely Untouchable
The Nuggets would like to make a major move but they probably don't have the assets as Nikola Jokic is completely untouchable.

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Clippers, Thunder Continue To Express Interest In Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler requested a trade from the Nuggets in early February.

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Nuggets Seeking First Rounder, Swap Rights On Additional Pick For Gallinari, Chandler
Danilo Gallinari will be a free agent this offseason.

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Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler
Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

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Raptors, Clippers Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari
There is a growing belief the Nuggets are prepared trade Danilo Gallinari before the deadline.

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Blazers Acquire Jusuf Nurkic, 1st Rounder From Nuggets For Mason Plumlee
Portland owns three picks in the talent-rich 2017 NBA draft, including its own, Clevelandís and Memphis' via the deal with Denver.

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Nuggets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Johnny O'Bryant has averaged 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per game over two appearances since joining the Nuggets.

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Wilson Chandler Seeks Trade From Nuggets
Wilson Chandlerís frustration is born out of the inconsistency with his role.

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Nuggets Exploring Emmanuel Mudiay's Trade Value
Emmanuel Mudiay is in his second season and the Nuggets are in no rush to move him, but he could be included if a bigger trade target presents itself.

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Nikola Jokic Day-To-Day With Left Hip Flexor Strain
Nikola Jokic has a Left Hip Flexor Strain, according to an MRI exam.

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Mo Williams Finally Clears Waivers
Mo Williams underwent surgery on his kne in October.

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Nuggets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant To 10-Day Contract
Johnny O'Bryant has been playing for the Northern Arizona Suns of the D-League.

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