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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

Nuggets Pursuing Alonzo Gee

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

Despite dealing with the adversity of three offseason trades and his release from the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, Gee has worked out diligently on his overall game, including improving his jump shot, daily training sessions and getting into the best basketball shape of his career. 

Denver has expressed interest in Gee with a belief that his abilities fit their system, a five-year NBA veteran who would benefit the Nuggets with athleticism and defense in camp. Gee cleared NBA free agency waivers on Saturday.

In almost four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Gee, 27, averaged eight points and four rebounds -- with consecutive years of scoring over 10 points per game.

As an undrafted player in 2009, Gee signed contracts with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards before securing a roster spot with Washington.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Joe Alexander Signs Training Camp Deal With Nuggets

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

Alexander, who finalized his deal on Tuesday, was the No. 8 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft to the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds as a rookie, and the 6-foot-8 product was a candidate for the slam dunk contest at the 2009 All-Star weekend.

Alexander never found a niche in the league out of West Virginia University, playing professionally in the D-League and Russia after being released by the Chicago Bulls in 2010.

Alexander went to training camp with the Golden State Warriors last season.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Marcus Williams To Sign One-Year Deal With Nuggets

Free agent Marcus Williams has reached agreement to sign a one-year contract with the Denver Nuggets, a league source told RealGM.

Williams played collegiately at Arizona, where the 6-foot-7 forward played a starting role and averaged 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds as a sophomore.

Williams was the 33rd overall draft pick to the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

Williams has played 13 NBA games for the Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers -- most recently with San Antonio in 2009. He spent parts of two years in the NBA D-League before becoming a star in the Chinese Basketball Association, winning the MVP award with Shanxi.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

J.J. Hickson Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation

J.J. Hickson has been suspended for five games by the NBA for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

Hickson signed with the Denver Nuggets in the 2013 offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

J.J. Hickson has been suspended without pay for five games due to violating terms of the NBA's anti-drug program, the league announced on Wednesday.

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

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

Denver Nuggets Archives

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.

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.
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