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Kenneth Faried Noticing Increased Respect From Team USA Play

Kenneth Faried has noticed the increased respect he is receiving due to his play for Team USA in the World Cup.

"I'm starting to gain respect," Faried said. "People are starting to respect me more. And I'm excited about that. But I'm more focused right now on just trying to get the gold. I want to win that gold medal so I can hang it with the rest of the accolades I've gotten that people thought I couldn't get. My mom will be ecstatic about that and my dad will be, too."

Faried said he is not concerned about his contractual status but will focus on it once he is finished with Team USA. Faried can negotiate a contract extension with the Denver Nuggets until Oct. 31.

"I'm not worried about [the Oct. 31 deadline for a contract extension] right now," Faried said. "After this is over with, then I'll focus on what's going on outside of just stepping on the court and moneywise and things like that. [But] I do feel as though I've opened eyes, and people are starting to show respect now. So that's a great honor to have and recognize who you are."

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons

Chauncey Billups has decided to retire after 17 seasons in the NBA.

Billups became an unrestricted free agent when the Pistons declined the second and final year of a contract option that would have paid him $2.5 million next season. 

Billups had interest in playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the offseason.

Billups missed 185 games over the past three seasons.

"It's just time. I'm happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me. I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs Attempting To Deal For Timofey Mozgov

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been attempting to trade for Timofey Mozgov over the past six to eight weeks, according to Brian Windhorst.

But Sports.ru's Alexander Chernykh has reported that it will not happen.

Mozgov is making $4.65 million this season with the Denver Nuggets and has a $4.95 million team option in 15-16.

The Cavaliers have a clear need at backup center.

Via James Herbert/CBS Sports

Jerrelle Benimon To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nuggets

Undrafted rookie Jerrelle Benimon has reached agreement on a partially guaranteed two-year contract with the Denver Nuggets, league sources told RealGM.

Benimon is scheduled to sign his new Nuggets deal within the next day.

After averaging 10.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Denver in the Las Vegas summer league, showcasing a sharp jump shot and an abundance of activity, Benimon received a bevy of free agent interest. The Utah Jazz had been among several teams pursuing Benimon, but the 6-foot-8 forward had familiarity and equity with the Nuggets.

Benimon, 23, finished his four-year collegiate career at Towson. He scored 18.7 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds per game as a senior. He had started his college ball at Georgetown.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Erick Green To Sign With Nuggets

Erick Green will sign with the Denver Nuggets.

Green was the Nuggets' second round pick last year, played overseas in 2013-14 and will join the team for training camp next season.

The Nuggets have a need for a third point guard and Green fits that role. With Green, Denver will have 14 guaranteed contracts.

Green averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the Nuggets' summer league.

"I kept hearing 'He's only a scorer, he wasn't a point guard,'" Green said of his experience a year ago. "In my head I was saying I'm going to go out here and show everybody I can facilitate, I'm not just a scorer. Honestly, that hurt me more than anything. Instead of just being myself. If you don't like me for who I am, and I'm a scoring point guard, then maybe I don't belong. But there's a lot of scoring point guards (in the NBA). I think I can be one as well."

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Mike Miller Agrees To Two-Year, $5.5M Deal With Cavs

Mike Miller has agreed upon a two-year deal, $5.5 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Miller received better offers from the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets, but chose to reunite with close friend LeBron James.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Mavericks, Rockets Also Trying to Sign Mike Miller

The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets have entered the picture to sign Mike Miller.

Miller has also received interest from the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers, among other clubs.

The Nuggets have given Miller his best financial offer.

Update: Jeff Goodman of ESPN reports that Miller is currently leaning towards signing with the Cavaliers, though the Nuggets remain in play.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Chris Bosh Also Received Strong Offers From Nuggets, Suns, Lakers

Chris Bosh received "strong" offers from multiple teams beyond the Houston Rockets, as the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers were also interested.

Bosh ultimately decided to re-sign with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million deal.

"[There were] very enticing offers," Bosh said. "There was some surprising advances made in everything, but I ultimately decided to stay in Miami. I think it was the right choice. I benefit from it, the team will benefit from it, from here. My heart was in Miami. I wanted to be there and keep my family there and build relationships and really keep building on something special."

Via Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Mike Miller Close To Deal With Nuggets

Mike Miller is close to agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Miller is also being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Miller was amnestied by the Miami Heat last offseason.

Via Chris Broussard/ESPN

Arron Afflalo Anticipates Opting Out Of Contract Next Offseason

Arron Afflalo has a player option for the 2015-16 season and anticipates declining it to become a free agent.

Afflalo was traded to the Denver Nuggets, returning to his old team.

"It's probably something that I always anticipated, even beyond when I first signed this deal with Denver," Afflalo said. "I knew my game, I knew my maturity, I knew I would grow as a player. And I wanted to have that option as I got older and I progressed as a player. So hopefully I'll out-perform my contract and put myself in a better situation. That was my intent from the beginning, even before this year, was to play out the four years and progress as a player."

Afflalo's name has also popped up in talks regarding Kevin Love.

"That's part of the business," Afflalo said. "If that happens, you remain professional and you move on. But I operate under what is, not what if and as of right now I feel like a Nugget again. If things change, they change. So, my mindset is simply shifted to what is.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Denver Nuggets Archives

Nuggets To Meet Kenneth Faried's Reps, Hope To Sign Extension

The Nuggets will meet with the representatives of Kenneth Faried next week.

Hornets Offered Henderson, 24th Pick To Magic For Afflalo

The Hornets are firmly focused on acquiring shooters this offseason.

Nuggets Acquire Arron Afflalo From Magic For Evan Fournier, 56th Pick

The Magic have agreed to trade Arron Afflalo to the Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the No. 56 pick in the NBA draft, according to sources.

Darrell Arthur, Nate Robinson Exercise Player Options For 14-15

Darrell Arthur and Nate Robinson have exercised their contract options for the 2014-15 season.

Nuggets Offering Faried, Chandler As Part Of Package For Kevin Love

The Nuggets are building a package around several veterans for Kevin Love.

Bulls Discuss Trading Up To No. 11 With Harris, Stauskas As Targets

The Bulls have had serious talks with the Nuggets about trading up to No. 11 by sending Nos. 16 and 19.

Lawson's Ankle Injury Worse Than Originally Diagnosed

Ty Lawson said he's going to have a more active offseason training regimen once he's healed.

Kroenke Doesn't Forsee Scenario For Brian Shaw To Leave Nuggets

The Knicks have yet to request permission to talk to Brian Shaw.

Brian Shaw Pleased To Stay With Nuggets, Atop Phil Jackson's List Of Candidates

Brian Shaw is the top preference of Phil Jackson to be the new head coach of the Knicks.

Cavaliers Win NBA Lottery; Bucks Pick 2nd, 76ers 3rd

The Cavaliers have won the NBA Lottery for the third time in four seasons.

Nuggets Plan To Discuss Contract Extension With Kenneth Faried

The Nuggets plan to discuss a contract extension with Kenneth Faried in the offseason.

Brian Shaw Expects Nuggets To Keep Kenneth Faried

Brian Shaw expects Kenneth Faried to remain with the Nuggets next season.

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

Nuggets Discussed Faried In Trades For '14 First Or Quality Wing Player On Rookie Deal

The Nuggets reportedly fear that Kenneth Faried will demand an eight-figure salary in free agency.

J.J. Hickson Out For Season With Torn ACL

A date for J.J. Hickson's surgery is pending.

Nate Robinson Expects To Exercise Player Option For 14-15

Nate Robinson said he will "for sure" be healthy by training camp.

Sloan: Morey, Karl Discuss Why Teams Must Play Fast

Dwight Howard is getting the ball with the Rockets in unpredictable situations and scoring efficiently.

Shaw: I Don't Hate Nuggets' Roster

The Nuggets have a 5-12 record since Jan. 17 as the season has begun to spiral out of Brian Shaw's control.

Rockets Acquire Jordan Hamilton From Nuggets

Jordan Hamilton has been traded to the Rockets, a source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

Knicks, Nuggets Unable To Reach Deal On Hamilton For Udrih Deal

The Nuggets and Knicks are moving forward with a trade of Jordan Hamilton for Beno Udrih.
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