Dec 25, 2011 12:09 PM EST
The Nuggets will look inside the organization for potential replacements for Kenyon Martin, with George Karl also asking more of Nene.
"Having Kenyon with Nene was huge," Karl said, "but that doesn't mean we can't do it with team concepts and philosophies and giving guys pride and responsibility to do it on their own. ... He was a veteran, defensive-minded guy who was a big part of our toughness. Filling Kenyon's minutes is probably the most difficult to do, but in the same sense, I think it can be done."
Karl hinted that Nene will have to exert more energy defensively.
"Nene was basically always the B defender. Now he has to be the A defender. Nene can be in a similar category. The only problem is when you had two of them, you didn't worry about foul trouble. Now can we get a team concept to camouflage that (by rotating in other big men for short snippets)? We also might jump in the pick-and-roll rather than switching all the time."
Dec 20, 2011 12:55 PM EST
The Nuggets are using the dribble-drive concepts developed by Vance Walberg in approximately 50 percent of their offense, according to George Karl.
Denver assistant coach John Welsh picked up Walberg's dribble-drive offense when both were coaching in the Fresno area.
"We create our penetration off pick-and-rolls more than he teaches," Karl said. "But the principles hold true both ways. It's just trying to get the ball free to where the defense has to help. And then teaching what happens after that. Everyone has always penetrated the ball, but we teach the reads. ... What I liked about it was, the thing that always frustrated me about American players is they like to play with the ball. Now I allow you to play with the ball, if you attack the defense. I just don't want you to kill grass and stay in the same spot."
The dribble-drive is used by many high school and college programs, most notably Kentucky.
"Coach's big thing with us is he wants 30 layups, 30 free throws, 30 assists, so we want to attack the basket," Welch said of Karl. "We use the concepts of it in NBA schemes. ... It's basically four guys on the perimeter and you try to have multiple penetrations. The first guy is going to attack the rim and, on penetration, the other three guys are moving to spots, depending on where the defense is. If the defense goes one way, you can back door. If the defense helps horizontally, you can move up and come behind."
The offense will also maximize the ability of Danilo Gallinari, who was one of the better passing big men in Europe before coming to the NBA.
"With (Danilo) Gallinari, people are going to realize this year what a great passer he is," Welch said. "He's really underrated as a passer and a playmaker. Everyone knows he can get to the rim and make the 3. So we should be a hard team to guard."
Dec 19, 2011 9:47 PM EST
Arron Afflalo is returning to the Nuggets.
The deal is reportedly worth up to $43 million over five years.
Afflalo averaged 12.6 points per game in 2010-11, while showcasing gritty defense and intensity.
The Nuggets acquired Afflalo for just a second-round pick from Detroit, back in the summer of 2009.
Dec 14, 2011 6:24 PM EST
The Nuggets have formally re-signed Nene.
“We’ve always said that Nene is a Nugget, and we are happy to welcome him back to Denver,” VP of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said. “Quality big men are hard to find, but we feel we have one of the best. Not only is he a great player, but he is a great person who will be part of our roster for years to come.”
Nene has averaged at least 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds each of the past three years. Most recently, he averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds while leading the NBA in field-goal percentage in 2010-11.
Dec 14, 2011 12:10 PM EST
Gary Forbes is now a member of the Raptors.
After signing Forbes to an offer sheet, the Nuggets declined to match.
Forbes had a breakout season with Denver in 10-11 and received an endorsement from former and now current teammate Anthony Carter.
“He’d bring a lot of toughness, he can score, he can defend, he’s got a post presence,” Carter said.
“He’s never down, he comes in early and leaves late. It’s always good to have guys like that and I just hope Denver doesn’t match.
Dec 13, 2011 10:12 PM EST
The Nuggets and Nene have reached agreement on a five-year contract that will pay him up to $67 million.
The Nets were also pursuing Nene but may be focusing their attention on trying to swing a trade for Dwight Howard who has requested that the Magic deal him to New Jersey.
Dec 13, 2011 8:15 PM EST
The Denver Nuggets have acquired Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a second-round draft pick, Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri announced today.
The draft pick was originally obtained by the Nuggets from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Steven Hunter on Aug. 7, 2009.
“We are excited to add two talented young wing players who have proven themselves in the NBA,” Ujiri said. “They add depth to our roster, something that helped us finish strong last season, and I’m confident they will fit well with Coach Karl’s style of play.”
Dec 13, 2011 4:03 PM EST
The Nuggets have agreed to acquire Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer from Dallas for a future second round pick.
The Mavericks acquired Fernandez on draft night.
Dec 13, 2011 2:07 PM EST
The Milwaukee Bucks have matched the Denver Nuggets offer sheet to restricted free agent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230) and re-signed the fourth-year forward to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Under NBA rules, the Bucks had three days to match Denver’s offer sheet to Mbah a Moute or he would have become a member of the Nuggets.
Dec 12, 2011 4:40 PM EST
DeMarre Carroll will sign a one-year deal with the Nuggets for the league minimum.
Carroll was traded to the Rockets by Memphis in a February trade involving Hasheem Thabeet and Shane Battier.
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The Nuggets, Nets or Rockets are the most probable landing spots for Nene.
The Bucks will match the four-year offer Luc Richard Mbah a Moute received from the Nuggets.
The Nuggets have tendered an offer to restricted free agent Luc Mbah a Moute.
Samuel Dalembert confirmed that his top choice is to sign with the Rockets.
Tthe Nets will offer Nene a four-year deal worth between $60 million and $65 million.
The Clippers have been expected to match any offer DeAndre Jordan receives from a rival team.
As the Knicks attempt to create enough cap space to sign Tyson Chandler, the team has been in talks with the Nuggets about a deal involving Ronny Turiaf.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey seems determined to fill the teamís hole at center.
Larry Bird will travel to Denver to meet with unrestricted free agent Nene on Tuesday.
Carmelo Anthony's return to Denver as a member of the Knicks will not happen during the 11-12 season.
Thaddeus Young and the Nuggets spoke on Monday and have more conversations planned.
Dec 05, 2011 | Denver Post
Al Thornton finished the 10-11 season with the Warriors.
Roy Hibbert attempted to sell Nene on the benefits of playing for the Pacers.
Aaron Afflalo is reportedly the free agent that most teams are coveting beyond the collection of big men
Dec 01, 2011 | Denver Post
Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri would like to re-sign Nene and Arron Afflalo, but outside interest may land one or both elsewhere this season.
The Wizards could match any offer Nick Young receives.
The Nuggets, Nets, Warriors, Rockets, Pacers, Clippers and Blazers reached out to Nene's representatives on Wednesday.
The Pacers and Nets are the two teams currently with enough cap space to sign Nene.
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