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Will Barton Prefers 2018 Free Agency Over Extension With Nuggets

Apr 30, 2017 4:13 PM

Will Barton is uninterested in signing an extension with the Denver Nuggets this offseason and will opt for free agency in 2018.

Barton will be entering the final year of his three-year, $11 million contract in the 17-18 season.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, players who are on three-year contracts are eligible to sign an extension after the second-year anniversary of the pact. With 8 percent increases, Barton was looking at roughly a four-year, $39 million extension.

In Barton's first two full seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 14.4 points and 13.7 respectively and shot a career-high 37 percent from 3-point range in 2016-17.

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Jamal Murray Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery

Apr 27, 2017 7:30 PM

Jamal Murray has undergone successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries.

The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia.

Murray averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists while being the only Nuggets player to appear in all 82 games (10 starts) this season. He was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October and November after kicking off his NBA career by averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists through his first 18 games. Murray also took home the MVP award for the 2017 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge after posting a game-high 36 points (9-14 3FG) and a game-high 11 assists in a 150-141 Team World victory. 

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Nuggets Will Take Wait-And-See Approach On Danilo Gallinari's Free Agency

Apr 12, 2017 4:42 PM

Danilo Gallinari can become a free agent this summer and the Denver Nuggets will take a wait-and-see approach.

“I think it’s no secret we really value Gallo, both as a player and as a person,” Connelly said. “So, with free agency, if he does choose to opt out there’s a lot of unknowns. How does the market develop? What do the various teams look like that are chasing him? What does he want in terms of contract and years; all of those things will certainly play a role. It would be premature of me to guess. He’s a guy that we value, he’s had a great year.”

The Nuggets have long resisted trade offers for Gallinari.

“He’s been here for a long time, one of our core guys,” Connelly said. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens this summer. Gallo loves Denver. And he’s a really, really good guy. If he doesn’t opt out, we’d be very happy with that. If he chooses to opt out, he’s certainly going to be one of our primary focuses. “

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Nuggets Will Be Aggressive In Extension Talks With Gary Harris

Apr 12, 2017 4:34 PM

The Denver Nuggets intend to discuss a contract extension with Gary Harris this offseason when he first becomes eligible.

“I still don’t think the league appreciates how good he is and how young he is,” Tim Connelly said.

Harris has improved his scoring average and his shooting percentages from the field in each of his first three seasons.

“Gary’s going to be here for a long, long time,” Connelly said.

“He’s a guy that kind of embodies everything that we’re trying to be, both as a player and as a person,” Connelly said. “Whether it’s this summer or whether it’s the following summer, he’s going to be here for a very long time.”

Connelly never wavered on Harris becoming a key part of their team.

“Sometimes you have to go with your gut – 6-4, long arm, fast-twitch athlete with a nose for the ball defensively who can make shots and cares,” Connelly said. “I think you can get too lost at times in analytics and too lost at times not seeing the forest for the trees. Now, he’s taken a monstrous step.”

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Pacers Talked Paul George Trade With At Least Celtics, Hawks, 76ers, Nuggets

Mar 21, 2017 10:09 AM

The Indiana Pacers discussed a Paul George trade with at least the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline.

The Pacers never appeared serious about actually trading George.

George wants to play for a contender and can be a free agent in 2018.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as the place he would like to play if he leaves Indiana.

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Nuggets Were Hesitant To Include Jamal Murray In Offer For Paul George

Feb 23, 2017 5:51 PM

The Denver Nuggets made an aggressive offer to the Indiana Pacers at the deadline for Paul George.

The Nuggets recruited a third team in the talks but were hesitant to part with Jamal Murray for George. Murray has been one of the most promising rookies of the 2016 draft class.

Denver was also reportedly informed that George is most interested in either re-signing with the Pacers or joining the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018.

The Nuggets made Nikola Jokic completely untouchable.

Denver was similarly aggressive in landing a star during the 2016 offseason.

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Nuggets Acquire Roy Hibbert From Bucks

Feb 23, 2017 3:00 PM

The Denver Nuggets have acquired Roy Hibbert from the Milwaukee Bucks for a heavily protected second round pick.

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

Feb 23, 2017 2:18 PM

The Denver Nuggets conveyed a "monster" offer to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George but the talks gained no traction.

The Nuggets were told that it would be highly unlikely for George to commit there long-term.

George prefers to either remain with the Pacers or sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018. 

Sam Amick of the USA Today reports that the message being sent around the NBA is George is "hell-bent" on going to the Lakers in 2018 unless the Pacers are competing for a title.

Zach Lowe of ESPN reported that the Nuggets brought in a third team in their offer for George but were hesitant to part with Jamal Murray in the deal.

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Nuggets Building Around Nikola Jokic, Considered Completely Untouchable

Feb 23, 2017 1:14 AM

The Denver Nuggets would like to make a major move but they probably don't have the assets as Nikola Jokic is completely untouchable.

"One player that everyone wants is Nikola Jokic," said Wojnarowski. "They're not trading him for anybody. Anybody! They think they have a future All-Star, a franchise player. They're building their team around him. He loves Denver. They have a guy who wants to be there."

The Nuggets will probably make any moves with more of a long-term view.

Jokic was a second round pick in 2014 and is averaging 16.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season for the Nuggets.

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Clippers, Thunder Continue To Express Interest In Wilson Chandler

Feb 22, 2017 4:20 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder continue to pursue Wilson Chandler.

Chandler requested a trade from the Denver Nuggets in early February.

Chandler is signed through 2019, though he has a player option in which he can opt for free agency in 2018.

Chandler is averaging 15.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.9 minutes per game this season.

Update: Amick later reported the Thunder are no longer interested in Chandler.

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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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Nuggets Claim Mo Williams Off Waivers
Denver waived Mo Williams last week and he was subsequently claimed and then waived by the 76ers.

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76ers Claim Mo Williams Off Waivers
Like the Nuggets, the 76ers had yet to reach the salary floor.

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Nuggets Hope To Trade Jusuf Nurkic By Deadline
Denver would like to give Jusuf Nurkic a chance to be a starting center elsewhere while receiving a return on his value.

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Hawks Trade Mo Williams To Nuggets
The move gets the Nuggets closer to the salary floor with Mo Williams' $2.2 million salary.

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Nuggets Re-Sign Alonzo Gee On 10-Day Contract
Alonzo Gee was waived before the deadline for contracts to become fully guaranteed for the rest of the season.

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Nuggets Openly Shopping Jusuf Nurkic
With the Nuggets committed to Nikola Jokic as their center of the future, they are openly shopping Jusuf Nurkic in trade scenarios.

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Alonzo Gee Waived By Nuggets
Alonzo Gee appeared in 12 games for the Nuggets this season.

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Kings, Raptors, Nuggets, 76ers Interested In Paul Millsap
The Kings are "very interested" in Paul Millsap as are a number of other teams.

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Nuggets Assign Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez To D-League
Malik Beasley previously appeared in two games in the D-League and averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.5 minutes per game.

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Will Barton Hopes To Remain With Nuggets
Will Barton is in the second season of a three-year, $11 million contract and has no interest in leaving.

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