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Nuggets, Nikola Jokic Finalizing Three-Year Deal

Jun 30, 2015 1:22 PM

The Denver Nuggets are nearing agreement with 2014 second round pick Nikola Jokic on a fully guaranteed three-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Jokic, 20, is expected to join the Nuggets for the NBA’s July summer league.

A 6-foot-11 center, Jokic was the Nuggets’ No. 41 selection a year ago and played one more season overseas. He was named the Adriatic League MVP for the 2015 season.

Jokic averaged 16.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and nearly one block per game this past year with Serbia’s Mega Vizura.

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Tags: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mudiay Believes Injury Had More Impact On Draft Stock Than Playing Overseas

Jun 26, 2015 1:09 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay had to wait longer than expected to be drafted. Once considered a potential top overall pick in this draft class, he was rumored to go as high as fourth to the New York Knicks. He ended up going seventh to the Denver Nuggets, who already have an above-average point guard in Ty Lawson.

“They’re definitely up and down,” Mudiay said of his emotions. “You just don’t know, especially after Karl [Anthony-Towns] got picked, nobody really knew where they was going. But we’re definitely excited that I got picked to Denver.”

Mudiay was asked whether he felt his decision to play in China this past year, instead of at SMU, impacted his draft stock. 

“I don’t think it impacted, I just think maybe when I got hurt,” he explained. “You could have got hurt anywhere, so when I got hurt I think that’s what made my stock go down, I guess. But I’m in the NBA, I made it in, so it starts right now.”

Mudiay is open to teaming up with Lawson.

“I can just learn as much as I can from Ty Lawson,” Mudiay said of how he fits with Denver. “He’s been there a while, so I’m just going to try to get as much advice as I can.”

Moments after the Nuggets selected Mudiay, Lawson posted a video of himself on social media stating: “Told you, I’m going to Sacramento.”

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Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Ty Lawson: I'm Going To Sacramento

Jun 25, 2015 10:59 PM

A stream of Ty Lawson smoking a hookah and watching the NBA Draft surfaced.

In the clip, Lawson tells a friend before the Denver Nuggets’ first-round selection of Emmanuel Mudiay: “They’re probably gonna get Mudiay, then I’m gonna get a bunch of tweets about, ‘Yo, Ty, you’re getting traded.'”

Once the Nuggets’ took Mudiay, at No. 7, Lawson said: “Told you. I’m going to Sacramento, bro.”

Lawson also commented on other picks.

“Cauley-Stein getting drafted might mean Cousins is gone,” Lawson said of Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins. Lawson then sat back a inhaled the hookah as he awaited the Nuggets’ selection. He turned to the camera and said, “Tim Connelly, it was good.”

Lawson has been connected to joining George Karl with the Kings.

Nicki Jhabvala/Denver Post

Tags: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets, Heat Express Interest In Eric Moreland In Trade Talks With Kings

Jun 25, 2015 1:45 PM

The Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat have discussed deals with the Sacramento Kings involving forward Eric Moreland, league sources told RealGM.

The talks are expected to be centered on larger trade scenarios and bigger names, but Moreland — a 6-foot-10 shot blocker — intrigues the Nuggets and Heat, sources said.

Pete D’Alessandro and Mike Malone served as Moreland’s GM and head coach, respectively, this past season.

Moreland had a stellar summer league for the Kings a year ago, averaging 3.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 19.7 minutes per game. He appeared in three regular-season games and underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in January.

Moreland played his college basketball at Oregon State, going unselected in the 2014 NBA Draft before landing a multi-year contract with the Kings.

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Tags: Eric Moreland, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Put Danilo Gallinari On Trade Block

Jun 24, 2015 10:55 PM

The Denver Nuggets have made Danilo Gallinari available in trade talks.

Gallinari signed a four-year, $42 million extension in 2012 that runs through 15-16.

Gallinari has been productive in his career, but frequently injured.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Grizzlies are among the teams interested in Galliarni.

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Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kings, Nuggets Not Gaining Traction On Ty Lawson Talks

Jun 22, 2015 11:58 PM

The Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets have discussed a trade involving Ty Lawson, according to sources.

The two sides have yet to gain traction on talks.

Lawson played for George Karl when Karl coached the Nuggets.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Open To Deal With Picks No. 7, 57

Jun 21, 2015 1:43 PM

The Denver Nuggets appear ready to wheel and deal with the Nos. 7 and 57 overall picks in the NBA Draft.

"We want to be aggressive," Tim Connelly said. "We're looking at any and all scenarios, and we've already proactively made a lot of those calls. We'll see what we can do to make it interesting and hopefully give Coach the best team possible."

The Nuggets could decide between several players at No. 7, such as Justise Winslow, Willie Cauley-Stein, Mario Hezonja, Devin Booker, Cameron Payne and Stanley Johnson.

"I think what we've done a pretty good job in our time that we've been here is having a read for the draft, who's going to go where and who is going to be left for us," Connelly said. "I think we feel good about our target group; we're going to be able to get one of those guys. Now we're just picking those three or four guys apart further and making sure we haven't missed any of the details."


Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Nuggets Hire Michael Malone As Head Coach

Jun 15, 2015 2:03 PM

The Denver Nuggets have hired Michael Malone as head coach.

Malone was fired last December as head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Malone will replace interim head coach Melvin Hunt, who was also a candidate for the job. The Nuggets fired Brian Shaw during the middle of last season.

Malone had been an NBA assistant coach with Golden State (2011-13), New Orleans (2010-11), Cleveland (2005-10) and New York (2001-05).

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Pete D'Alessandro Returns To Nuggets' Front Office

Jun 10, 2015 1:08 PM

Pete D'Alessandro has accepted a high-ranking front office job with the Denver Nuggets.

D'Alessandro was previously with the Nuggets before he became general manager of the Sacramento Kings. D'Alessandro will support Josh Kroenke with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche as well as the Nuggets.

Tim Connelly, current GM of the Nuggets, was a huge proponent of the hire.

Vlade Divac became the chief decision-maker for the Kings this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers' David Vanterpool Interviews For Nuggets' Job

Jun 9, 2015 10:52 AM

David Vanterpool interviewed for the Denver Nuggets’ head coaching job.

Vanterpool is currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers under Terry Stotts. The Oklahoma City Thunder hired Vanterpool as director of player personnel in 2010, a role that had him on the front-office fast track until his desire to coach led him to the Blazers in 2012.

While Vanterpool isn’t considered a frontrunner to replace Brian Shaw, Denver general manager Tim Connelly’s discussion with Vanterpool in recent days is reflective of the respect Vanterpool’s earned in three seasons an NBA assistant coach.

Vanterpool interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coaching job in 2013.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mike Malone Brought Back For Second Interview With Nuggets
Mike Malone's interview last week solidified himself as a top candidate for the Nuggets' head coaching job, along with Melvin Hunt.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Willie Cauley-Stein To Work Out For Nuggets Monday
Willie Cauley-Stein will work out for the Nuggets on Monday.

RealGM Staff Report

Jameer Nelson Planning To Opt Out Of $2.85M Deal With Nuggets
Jameer Nelson and the Nuggets have held discussions recently under the premise that the six-foot guard will enter the free-agent market.

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Nuggets Discuss Head Coaching Job With Wizards Assistant Don Newman
The Nuggets received permission to interview Don Newman and discussed the franchise's vacant head coaching job, league sources told RealGM.

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Mike Malone Interviews With Nuggets
Mike Malone joins Mike D'Antoni and Melvin Hunt as three known candidates.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mike D'Antoni Meets With Nuggets
Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense would seem to fit with the Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nuggets Could Interview Mike Woodson For Coaching Job
The Nuggets could interview Mike Woodson for their open head coaching job.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Nuggets Rebuilding Around Gallinari, Nurkic; Could Trade Lawson, Faried
The Nuggets are expected to make Ty Lawson and/or Kenneth Faried available in trade talks before the June 25th draft.

Mark Kiszla/Denver Post

Jusuf Nurkic To Undergo Surgery For Patella Tendon Tear
Jusuf Nurkic is expected to be sidelined 3 to 4 months while he recovers.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Scott Brooks Passing On Interviews With Nuggets, Pelicans
Scott Brooks wants to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

RealGM Staff Report

Bulls Unwilling To Let Tom Thibodeau Leave Without Compensation
The Bulls are not even prepared to engage in compensation talks until they have a commitment from a replacement for Tom Thibodeau that excites them.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

RealGM Staff Report

Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Magic and Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Nuggets To Sign Jamaal Franklin For Remainder Of Season
Jamaal Franklin had been playing in the D-League.

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Shavlik Randolph Claimed By Nuggets Off Waivers
The Nuggets have claimed Shavlik Randolph off waivers, a league source tells RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Nuggets Sought Two First Rounders For Ty Lawson At Deadline
The Jazz, Kings and Celtics could be interested in a trade for Ty Lawson.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Billy Donovan Considering Move To NBA
The Nuggets and Magic are among teams expected to have interest in Billy Donovan.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nuggets Claim Ian Clark Off Waivers
Ian Clark played in 23 games for the Jazz.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Will Barton Interested In Returning To Nuggets
The Nuggets can extend a qualifying offer to Will Barton after the season at what would be $1.1 million.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

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