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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wolves Interested In Trading For Kenneth Faried

Jun 22, 2016 2:11 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have interest in trading for Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets.

Tom Thibodeau has long been an admirer of Faried and worked with him as part of the United States' World Cup team in 2014.

The Wolves are looking to improve at the power forward position beside Karl-Anthony Towns.

Minnesota owns the fifth overall pick that they can package with some of their existing players for Faried.

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Tags: Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Nuggets With Adam Mares

Jun 7, 2016 1:30 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs and Nylon Calculus(@Adam_Mares) preview the Denver Nuggets’ offseason, including Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler (1:45), Emmanuel Mudiay (10:01), Denver’s big man rotation (14:31), their draft picks (32:48) potential approaches in free agency (45:50) and much more. 

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Nuggets, Bulls, Celtics Inquired About Blake Griffin

May 1, 2016 5:17 PM

The Denver Nuggets were perhaps the team who advanced furthest with the Los Angeles Clippers in exploring a trade for Blake Griffin before the trade deadline.

The offer of the Nuggets and what the Clippers were seeking for Griffin were not close and talks gained no traction.

The Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics also inquired with the Clippers on Griffin.

Griffin's injuries have played a factor in how rival teams perceive his value.

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Axel Toupane Named D-League's Most Improved Player

Apr 20, 2016 3:35 PM

Denver Nuggets guard Axel Toupane, formerly of Raptors 905, has been named the 2016 NBA Development League Most Improved Player, as voted on by the league’s 19 head coaches. The award honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement during the 2015-16 NBA D-League season.

Toupane (6-7, 210, France) played in 32 games for Raptors 905 this season, averaging 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steals. His best month was January, when he averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals, an improvement nearly across the board from his December averages of 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.6 steals.

His two 30-point games this season both came in January, including a career-high 34 points to go with six assists and four steals in a 111-91 win over the Erie BayHawks on Jan. 21 – part of a six-game winning streak for Raptors 905. For the season, six of Toupane’s seven games with at least 20 points and all six of his games with six or more assists were recorded after December.

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Jared Jeffries Promoted To Nuggets' Director Of Pro Personnel

Apr 16, 2016 1:49 PM

The Denver Nuggets announced several front office title changes.

Jared Jeffries, who joined Denver’s front office during the summer of 2013 following an impressive 11-year NBA career, is now the team’s Director of Pro Personnel. The Indiana University alum’s previous title was Pro Personnel Scout.

Tommy Balcetis has been named Director of Analytics after serving as Manager of Analytics since coming to Denver in 2013. Before arriving in Denver he spent two years as an analyst for Fidelity Investments and one year working in the NBA League office in London after graduating from Harvard University.

Scott Howard joined the Nuggets’ front office prior to the 2015-16 season and now holds the title of Director of College Scouting. He came to Denver after serving as the Director of Scouting for the Charlotte Hornets franchise since 2008.

Additionally, coming into the 2015-16 season, Arturas Karnisovas received a new title of Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations.

On the basketball side, Steve Hess will now hold the title of Director of Performance/Assistant Coach and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Ithaca College graduate is one of just six trainers worldwide on the Under Armour training council, is the official spokesperson for the National Sports Center for the Disabled and is a member of NBA Team Fit. The upcoming 2016-17 season will be his 20th with the Denver Nuggets organization. 

Felipe Eichenberger also has a new title of Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. He joined the Denver Nuggets in 2011 as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was a four-year member of the basketball team and graduated with his degree in health and sports science. He also recently received his Masters in Kinesiology.

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Nuggets Promote Herb Livsey To Lead Scout

Apr 15, 2016 9:28 PM

The Denver Nuggets have promoted Herb Livsey to Lead Scout.

“Herb is the definition of a basketball lifer. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more dedicated and knowledgeable about the game of basketball,” said Connelly. “Herb is one of the most well respected scouts in all of basketball and our organization is very fortunate to continue to have him as a resource.”

Livsey has been a scout with the Nuggets since the start of the 2008-09 season. Prior to arriving in Denver, he was a scout for the Atlanta Hawks from 2004 to 2008 and a scout for the Portland Trail Blazers from 1998 to 2004. He also served as the director of player development for the Continental Basketball Association from 1996 to 1998.

He played college ball at Florida Southern College before getting into coaching, where he spent over three decades at the high school and collegiate levels in California and Arizona before becoming a scout.

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Axel Toupane, Nuggets Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Mar 24, 2016 4:22 PM

Axel Toupane and the Denver Nuggets have agreed upon a two-year deal.

The deal for the 16-17 is non-guaranteed.

Toupane went undrafted in 2014 out of France and averaged 14.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 29.7 minutes per game in the D-League this season with Raptors 905.

Toupane has made 11 appearances for the Nuggets this season, averaging 13.8 minutes per game.

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Carmelo Anthony: I Really Wanted To Be Drafted By Pistons In 2003

Mar 23, 2016 2:25 PM

One of the NBA's most monumental what-if's is what would have happened if the Detroit Pistons selected Carmelo Anthony instead of Darko Milicic.

The Pistons went on to win the 2004 NBA Finals despite getting nothing from Milicic and had a streak of seven straight Eastern Conference Finals.

Anthony would have given the Pistons a longer window of contention and he has been at his best playing beside strong point guards and veteran leaders. Anthony eventually became teammates with Chauncey Billups as members of the Denver Nuggets.

"That's why I was a little bit disappointed," Anthony said, "because I really wanted to go to Detroit. You had Chauncey, you had all those guys over there...Detroit, they had something going over there."

Anthony would have been perfect for the Pistons as a truly great individual scorer to complement their defense.

"It would have been at a whole other level," LeBron James said of their rivalry.

"I was told that Detroit was going to take me," Anthony said. "Once Cleveland made the pick, I was like, 'Oh, I'm going to Detroit.'"

"That ball-stopping mentality that Carmelo has? He wouldn't have had that if he was a Piston," Billups said. "We wouldn't let him play like that. He would have been a much better player than he is now—and he's a great player now.

"This guy would have been," Billups said, pausing to chuckle for a moment, "he would have been an absolute icon, because winning takes you there."

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Nuggets To Sign Axel Toupane To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Axel Toupane has averaged 4.6 points in 13.4 minutes per game over five appearances for the Nuggets.

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Nuggets To Sign Axel Toupane To 10-Day Contract
Axel Toupane has been playing with Raptors 905 of the D-League.

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Danilo Gallinari Tears Two Ligaments In Right Ankle
Danilo Gallinari has torn two ligaments in his right ankle.

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JaKarr Sampson Finalizing Two-Year Deal With Nuggets
JaKarr Sampson was released by the 76ers at the deadline to create a roster spot.

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J.J. Hickson, Steve Novak Waived By Nuggets
J.J. Hickson and Steve Novak will be playoff eligible to sign with another team.

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Nuggets To Buy Out J.J. Hickson, Steve Novak
J.J. Hickson and Steve Novak will be waived well before the March 1st deadline to be eligible to sign with another team for the playoffs.

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Thunder, Nuggets In Advanced Talks On Randy Foye
Randy Foye would give the Thunder another veteran backcourt player.

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Rockets Will Consider Waiving Ty Lawson If No Trade Materializes
The Rockets are in talks on Ty Lawson with the Jazz.

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Nets Expected To Turn To Arturas Karnisovas If Deal Can't Be Reached With Sean Marks
Sean Marks received an initial contract offer from the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday and talks are ongoing on Wednesday.

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Report: Clippers Offer Blake Griffin To Nuggets For Gallinari, Faried, Barton, Jokic
The Clippers are reportedly pursuing a trade of Blake Griffin with a report arriving they offered a package to the Nuggets.

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Nuggets Could Hire Chauncey Billups As Assistant GM If Karnisovas Leaves
Chauncey Billups is currently an NBA analyst for ESPN but would still like to work in a front office.

Christopher Dempsey/Denver Post

Raptors Have Held Talks On Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young
The Raptors own the Knicks' first round pick in addition to their own, which can be used in a trade.

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LaVine, Barton, Aaron Gordon, Drummond In 2016 Slam Dunk Contest
Zach LaVine will defend his title against Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.

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Nuggets 'Building Around' Danilo Gallinari, 'Not Trading Him'
Danilo Gallinari is signed for $15.050 million next season and has a player option worth $16.1 million for 17-18.

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Nets Considering Arturas Karnisovas, Gersson Rosas For GM Job
Arturas Karnisovas and Gersson Rosas fit the Nets' desire to have a more global scouting focus, something ownership believes was lacking under the previous regime.

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Sean Kilpatrick Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Nuggets
Sean Kilpatrick initially signed with the Nuggets on January 12 and has averaged 2.3 ppg in four games with Denver.

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Nuggets Trying To Trade J.J. Hickson Before Deadline
J.J. Hickson will be a free agent this offseason.

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Tim Connelly Agrees To Multi-Year Extension With Nuggets
Tim Connelly and his staff have earned the confidence of Denver president Josh Kroenke as they work together on reshaping the franchiseís roster.

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Nuggets To Sign Sean Kilpatrick To 10-Day Contract
Sean Kilpatrick has averaged 27.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 38.5 minutes per game with a PER of 19.9 over 22 games in the D-League this season.

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Kostas Papanikolau Waived By Nuggets For Second Time In Three Months
The Nuggets released Kostas Papanikolaou to avoid guaranteeing the balance of his contract for the season.

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