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Brian Shaw Expects Nuggets To Keep Kenneth Faried

Brian Shaw praised Kenneth Faried's play in the second half the regular season and said he expects the forward to remain with the Denver Nuggets next season.

“I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.”

Faried was the Nuggets’ best player after the All-Star break, leading the team in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (10.1) and shooting percentage (54.6 percent).

“He should be here,” Randy Foye said. “He’s a blue-collar guy, the fans love him. To me, he’s the face of the franchise. The way the fans (love) him. When he brings something, they love watching that guy.”

The Nuggets can begin discussions about a contract extension for Faried on July 1.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

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

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

The Denver Nuggets targeted a handful of teams to inquire their interest in aquiring Kenneth Faried for a 2014 first round pick or a quality wing player on a rookie contract, according to sources.

The Nuggets reportedly has been willing to trade Faried in part because they fear that he will demand an eight-figure salary in free agency.

Faried said he would like to remain with the Nuggets.

"Ty and I — we’re the cornerstones of the franchise now,” Faried said. “It’s exciting to be a part of that.”

Faried is eligible for a contract extension in the offseason. If he and the Nuggets do not agree to new deal by Oct. 31, he will become a restricted free agent in 2015.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

J.J. Hickson Out For Season With Torn ACL

J.J. Hickson has been diagnosed with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

Hickson suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Denver Nuggets game against the Dallas Mavericks.

A date for surgery is pending and Hickson will miss the remainder of this season.

Hickson joined the Nuggets as a free agent last offseason. In his first season in Denver, he averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 69 games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nate Robinson Expects To Exercise Player Option For 14-15

Nate Robinson plans to exercise the player option on the second year of his contract, worth $2.1 million, to return to the Denver Nuggets next season.

Robinson tore his ACL in January and is attacking his rehabilitation in full force.

"Things happen," Robinson said. "God always has a plan for everybody. So, it's just another obstacle that I've got to hop over and keep pushing. But for me, it's going push me to continue to work hard. You can't take your game for granted. It just shows your character. It shows how hard and how bad you really want it. I'm a player that, I love this game. I'm going to come back strong and ready to play."

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

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Sloan: Morey, Karl Discuss Why Teams Must Play Fast

George Karl and Daryl Morey agreed that you cannot play a slow pace in today's NBA in a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Defenses are just too good, they said, with Morey citing Tom Thibodeau's ability to smother teams deep in the shot clock. The data show clearly that early scores are vital. 

Morey discussed the different use of Dwight Howard by the Houston Rockets. Stan Van Gundy ran set plays for Howard when he was with the Orlando Magic, but he is getting the ball with the Rockets in unpredictable situations and scoring efficiently.

A quick-hitting, fast-thinking attack wins.

Morey recalled reports the Rockets use to run on the effectiveness of different plays called by then-head coach Jeff Van Gundy was with Houston. Above all the set plays was a play categorized as Random, when a play call broke down and a random screen was set to free up a scorer. This was the most effective play.

Karl thought back to the time after the Denver Nuggets acquired Raymond Felton. Karl said he thought Felton was perhaps his best guard at the time but Lawson had the starting job. So to improve Denver's ability to make fast decisions, Karl played them together. Karl believes this may have started a trend in the league of a two-point guard offense. 

The panel discussed fouling up three in the closing seconds. Even though the numbers support taking the foul, it's not done widely. Karl cited a lack of devoted practice time to making sure teams can execute a two-shot foul. 

Morey said you should win the game almost always either way, but cited coaches wanting to show confidence in their defense to stop the three, or just the embarrassment factor of not wanting to give up the three-point foul.  Kobe Bryant was named as one of the best at anticipating the intentional foul and getting off an attempt from behind the arc as the contact is made.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Shaw: I Don't Hate Nuggets' Roster

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

Shaw insists that he doesn't hate the Nuggets' roster.

“I can’t remember who it was that asked me yesterday; he said ‘Would you have taken this job with the roster, if it was just the guys who are healthy and playing right now would you have taken this job?’” Shaw said. “I said, after interviewing for head coaching jobs as many times as I did, 11 times prior to this interview, and not getting a job, I said ‘Yeah, I most likely would have taken it.’ But the expectation and everything else would have been different, knowing if there wasn’t going to be Gallo, JaVale (McGee), Nate (Robinson) for half the season and the situation be what it is.

“So, no, I don’t hate the roster. What I hate is having to beg guys to play. That simple. That shouldn’t be a part of what coaching should be. And circumstances are what they are. None of us asked for it.”

Injuries have plagued the Nuggets this season with Ty Lawson, JaVale McGee and Danilo Gallinari missing significant time.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Rockets Acquire Jordan Hamilton From Nuggets

The Houston Rockets have acquired Jordan Hamilton from the Denver Nuggets, a league source told RealGM.

Aaron Brooks will be dealt to the Nuggets.

Hamilton is averaging 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Nuggets this season, and the 6-foot-7 forward has shown glimpses of his versatility and shooting.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

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

The Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks were moving forward with discussions on a trade of Jordan Hamilton for Beno Udrih, but a trade with the Houston Rockets has been made instead.

The Knicks have been shopping Udrih since his falling out with Mike Woodson.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets are discussing deals involving Hamilton with multiple teams.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Wizards Acquire Andre Miller From Nuggets In Three-Team Trade With 76ers

The Washington Wizards have agreed to acquire Andre Miller in a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.

Miller has been away from the Denver Nuggets for more than a month following his confrontation with Brian Shaw.

The Nuggets will acquire Jan Vesley, while the 76ers get Eric Maynor and two second round picks.

The Wizards will send a second round pick to the 76ers next year and the Nuggets will send the other second rounder in 2016.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Denver Nuggets Archives

Knicks, Nuggets Talk Udrih For Hamilton Trade

The Knicks and Nuggets are in discussions on a deal involving Beno Udrih for Jordan Hamilton.

Andre Miller Has No Interest In Returning To Nuggets' Lineup

Andre Miller has been working out daily at the Nuggets' practice facility, but mostly at night away from the team.

Nuggets Consider Bringing Back Andre Miller After Trade Attempts Fail

The Nuggets worked out Andre Miller this week.

Knicks Trying To Pick Up Shumpert For Faried Trade Talks With Nuggets

The Knicks were actively looking to trade Iman Shumpert earlier in the season with Kenneth Faried as a potential target.

Sources: Kenneth Faried Still Available For Right Price

Kenneth Faried is averaging 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds this season.

JaVale McGee Could Miss Remainder Of Season

JaVale McGee could miss the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his left leg.

Nate Robinson Undergoes Surgery For Torn ACL

Nate Robinson underwent surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee.

Nuggets Weighing Roster Options, Could Consider Bringing Back Andre Miller

Brian Shaw said the Nuggets are considering all options, including bringing back Andre Miller.

McGee, Blatche May Reunite In FIBA World Cup For Philippines

JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche were teammates with the Wizards.

Danilo Gallinari To Miss Entire Season With Second Knee Surgery

Danilo Gallinari underwent a second surgery to repair a torn ACL and will miss the entire season.

Brian Shaw Still Willing To Coach Andre Miller If He Accepts Role

Andre Miller has a slim chance to return to the bench at some point, according to a source.

Kings Offer Packages Of Marcus Thornton Or Jimmer Fredette For Andre Miller

The Kings have proposed packages of Marcus Thornton or Jimmer Fredette along with a second round pick for Andre Miller, according to sources.

Nuggets Could Trade Andre Miller By Wednesday

The Kings are one of several teams interested in trading for Andre Miller.

Andre Miller Has Two-Game Suspension Rescinded, Excused From Team Until Jan. 6

Andre Miller will return to the Nuggets on Jan. 6.

Warriors, Kings Interested In Trading For Andre Miller

Andre Miller has been suspended for two games for his confrontation with Brian Shaw.

Andre Miller Suspended Two Games By Nuggets For Conduct Detrimental To Team

The Nuggets have suspended Andre Miller for two games due to conduct detrimental to the team.

Andre Miller Yells At Brian Shaw During DNP-CD

Andre Miller felt as though he was being disrespected by Brian Shaw.

Chris Andersen: Return To Denver Will Be 'Exciting, Emotional'

Chris Andersen was a fan favorite while spending the majority of his NBA career with the Nuggets.

J.J. Hickson Continuing To Find Career Path

J.J. Hickson sees his career path much clearly now than he did with the Cavaliers.

Report: Lakers Express Interest In Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

The Lakers are reportedly weighing whether to propose a Pau-Gasol-for-Tyson-Chandler deal.
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