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Josh Smith: Kenneth Faried Is 'A Clown'

Josh Smith had strong words for Kenneth Faried to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News on Thursday.

Smith was responding to a quote from Faried in which he said that Smith "shot them out of the game."

The Denver Nuggets defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 89-79. Smith scored 25 points on 9-for-22 shooting.

"He's a clown, quote me on that," said Smith.

"He fears me. He's scared of me. He knows it's coming."

Via Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

Nuggets Waive Jerrelle Benimon, Marcus Williams

The Denver Nuggets have waived forward Jerrelle Benimon and forward Marcus Williams.

Benimon appeared in six preseason games for the Nuggets, averaging 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 8.1 minutes per game. He also appeared in three games for the Nuggets Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Williams appeared in six preseason games with Denver, averaging 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game. Williams was drafted by San Antonio with the 33rd pick of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nuggets Releasing Quincy Miller

The Denver Nuggets have informed Quincy Miller of the organization’s plan to waive the forward, a source with knowledge told RealGM on Tuesday night.

Miller, once a promising young prospect in the Denver franchise, had a partially guaranteed contract for the upcoming season. Miller’s release signals another step toward the Nuggets keeping Alonzo Gee for the regular season roster.

Gee posted seven points on three-of-four shooting, four rebounds and four steals while defending Portland star Damian Lillard well in 27 total minutes in the Nuggets’ loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

In 52 games last season, Miller, 21, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was the 38th overall pick by the Nuggets in the 2012 NBA Draft and has a skill set at 6-foot-10 that will warrant another opportunity.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

JaVale McGee Could Miss Start Of Season With Soreness In Tibia

JaVale McGee continues to deal with soreness in his left tibia, which he injured last season, and is playing the waiting game.

“What he’s going through right now is when he has practiced and he has done physical work out there on the floor, he’s the only one that’s shown some soreness the next day,” Brian Shaw said. “But from our medical staff they say that’s pretty natural, he’s going to be sore and then he’ll take a day (off) and the soreness will go away and then he’ll do a little bit more the next time.”

McGee is a question mark to be ready for the regular season opener.

“He still may be able to go when the season starts,” Shaw said. “But I’m just judging that based on everybody else so far has not had any soreness, has not had any relapses or taken any backward steps. He’s the only one that’s feeling any pain at all. So that’s why I’m still a little cautious with him. But the other guys look strong, their tests have come back (well), and if you ask them they are ready to go. I think we’re holding them back more than anything else.”

Via Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

Kenneth Faried, Nuggets Agree Upon Reworked Four-Year, $50M Extension

The Denver Nuggets and Kenneth Faried have agreed upon a reworked contract extension worth $50 million-plus over four seasons.

For the Nuggets and Faried, the paring down of an original five-year, $60 million pact on Sunday night ultimately satisfied both parties.

The fact that five-year deals on rookie extensions are only allowable for maximum contracts ultimately moved the sides toward reconstructing the extension.

The sides found common ground on a $12.5 million annual deal that keeps Faried out of the restricted free-agent market in July 2015.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kenneth Faried Agrees To Five-Year, $60M Extension With Nuggets

Kenneth Faried has agreed to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Denver Nuggets, according to sources.

The deal includes a partial guarantee in the fifth year that assures Faried he will make no less than $52 million over the life of the contract.

Faried averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds last season and played an integral role for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup over the summer.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Darrell Arthur Hopes To Re-Sign With Nuggets As Free Agent Next Summer

Darrell Arthur is entering the final season of his contract at $3.4 million this season.

Traded to the Denver Nuggets in 2013, Arthur will be an unrestricted free agent at season's end but hopes to remain with the Nuggets.

“Oh yeah, for sure," Arthur said. My family loves it here. My mom was just up here for a couple of weeks and she just loves it – loves the atmosphere, loves the people here. I love the organization, everything. It’s a family organization, they welcome you with open arms. I definitely would like this to be home.

“We’ve just got to play it out and see how it goes."

Via Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down the Northwest division with Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN (@SherwoodStrauss) and Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak and the New York Times (@BeckleyMason). 

The three work through the offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets, including the Kevin Love trade, preview the upcoming season and hit on many other NBA topics including OKC's future, the Warriors' situation and locker room dynamics.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Alonzo Gee Reaches Deal With Nuggets

Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets, a source with knowledge told RealGM.

After deciding on Monday to join the Nuggets, Gee will report to Denver training camp Tuesday.

As one of the best players on the available market, the 6-foot-6 forward brings active defense and athleticism on the wing for the Nuggets.

Gee, 27, has trained vigorously on his overall game and basketball shape in the offseason, when he was traded three separate times and ultimately released by the Sacramento Kings to open a roster spot.

Over five NBA seasons playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, Gee established himself as a contributing role player, averaging 7.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in his career.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Denver Nuggets Archives

Nuggets Pursuing Alonzo Gee

The Nuggets are actively pursuing free agent forward Alonzo Gee, sources with knowledge told RealGM.

Joe Alexander Signs Training Camp Deal With Nuggets

Joe Alexander has signed a training camp contract with the Nuggets, a league source told RealGM.

Marcus Williams To Sign One-Year Deal With Nuggets

Marcus Williams played collegiately at Arizona and was an MVP in China.

J.J. Hickson Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation

J.J. Hickson signed with the Nuggets in the 2013 offseason.

J.J. Hickson Suspended Five Games By NBA For Violating Anti-Drug Program

J.J. Hickson's suspension begins with the first game of the regular season.

Kenneth Faried Noticing Increased Respect From Team USA Play

Kenneth Faried said he is not concerned about his contractual status but will focus on it once he is finished with Team USA.

Chauncey Billups Retires After 17 NBA Seasons

Chauncey Billups became a 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.

Cavs Attempting To Deal For Timofey Mozgov

The Cavaliers have been attempting to trade for Timofey Mozgov over the past six to eight weeks.

Jerrelle Benimon To Sign Two-Year Deal With Nuggets

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

Erick Green To Sign With Nuggets

With Erick Green, Denver will have 14 guaranteed contracts.

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

Mike Miller received better offers from the Nuggets and Rockets.

Mavericks, Rockets Also Trying to Sign Mike Miller

The Nuggets have given Mike Miller his best financial offer.

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

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

Mike Miller Close To Deal With Nuggets

Mike Miller is also being pursued by the Cavaliers, Grizzlies and Thunder.

Arron Afflalo Anticipates Opting Out Of Contract Next Offseason

Arron Afflalo has a player option for the 2015-16 season.

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.
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