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Nuggets Optimistic Nikola Jokic Only Sprained Left Ankle

Dec 1, 2017 10:37 AM

Nikola Jokic will undergo further evaluation on his injured left ankle but x-rays came back negative.

The Denver Nuggets have cautious optimism that Jokic only suffered a sprained ankle.

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Paul Millsap Undergoes Successful Reconstructive Surgery On Left Wrist

Nov 27, 2017 9:57 AM

Paul Millsap underwent successful reconstructive surgery on his left wrist ligament injury with UCHealth surgeon Dr. Frank Scott.

There is no exact timetable for his return, but he is expected to miss several months.

Millsap's return to sport progression will be dependent upon consistent assessment throughout the rehab process.

Millsap suffered the injury during Denver's recent loss at the Lakers.

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Paul Millsap To Undergo Surgery On Left Wrist

Nov 21, 2017 6:04 PM

Paul Millsap will undergo surgery on his left wrist and be out indefinitely.

Millsap suffered the injury in Sunday's loss at the Lakers. Initial X-rays returned clean, but Millsap had further tests over the past two days that confirmed the need for surgery.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Millsap's surgery will be to repair a torn ligament and could force him to miss three months.

Millsap is in Year 1 of a three-year, $90 million deal with the Nuggets.

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NBA Rescinds Ejection Fine Of Nikola Jokic

Nov 20, 2017 6:51 PM

The NBA has rescinded the ejection fine given to Nikola Jokic, who properly received a technical foul for his actions but should not have been ejected from the game.

Jokic was ejected along with Michael Malone during the second quarter of the Nuggets' loss at the Lakers on Sunday.

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Michael Malone Suspended One Game By NBA

Nov 20, 2017 6:44 PM

Michael Malone has been suspended by the NBA for one game without pay for entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official.

The incident occurred in the second quarter of Denver's loss at the Lakers.

Malone will serve his suspension during Monday's game.

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Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets

Nov 20, 2017 1:05 PM

Jusuf Nurkic requested a trade from the Denver Nuggets in April of 2016 and again in December before he was moved to Portland in February of 2017.

Nikola Jokic had emerged as the Nuggets' starting center during the 15-16 season while Nurkic was rehabilitating his left knee.

The Nuggets attempted to mend the relationship with Nurkic and promised he would open the season as a starter, but he realized there was a catch.

“In the first game, I only played three quarters,” Nurkić said. “I had 23 points and 9 rebounds. I’m playing a good game, we’re winning and I’m not playing in the fourth quarter? From that point, I could kind of see that something was wrong.”

The Nuggets were attempting to make it work with Nurkic and Jokic playing together, but Malone pulled Nurkic from the starting lineup after 25 games. Nurkic and his agent, Aylton Tesch, requested a trade for a second time.

“I believe you can develop guards together. But two centers? No way,” Nurkić said. “I don’t want to make this a big drama like KD. I was never on the same page with the coach and the front office. It just came to the point where I needed to go. My career was on the line.”

Nurkic received criticism from the local media for how he handled the situation.

“People assume I had an attitude problem and people like to make up stories that paint me as a bad guy,” he explained. “Once I asked for a trade, there were even more rumors that I wasn’t happy. But I shouldn’t be happy! No one in that situation should be happy. I put in the hard work to play and someone was holding me down.”

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Paul Millsap Injures Left Wrist

Nov 20, 2017 10:44 AM

Paul Millsap left the Denver Nuggets' 127-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter with a sprained left wrist.

Millsap had X-rays which were negative.

Millsap appeared to injure his wrist when fouled by Julius Randle.

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving

Nov 16, 2017 8:47 AM

The Denver Nuggets would not include Jamal Murray in trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

If Denver had offered Cleveland a package of Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Irving, they would have been in the bidding.

The Nuggets also had trade talks with the Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe

Nov 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The Denver Nuggets were close to a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick, but talks ultimately collapsed.

Phoenix traded Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for protected first round pick and second round picks, along with Greg Monroe.

"We chase every opportunity to improve ourselves," Tim Connelly said. "We've had a lot of excellent players offered to us for our young talent. There's a fine line between overvaluing your own players and being too aggressive chasing short-term results."

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Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson

Nov 16, 2017 8:39 AM

The Denver Nuggets had a deal to trade Jameer Nelson to a projected lottery team for a protected second round, but ultimately decided to release him. By waiving Nelson, they allowed him to choose his destination.

"You can't make decisions with your heart only," Connelly says, without confirming any Nelson deal. "But these are good guys. To view them as just assets -- that's not something we ascribe to. Guys we've had here will speak highly of how we've treated them."

Michael Malone wanted to keep Nelson, who gave him reliable minutes at point guard.

"It was tough to see Jameer go," Malone says. "The players trusted him. I find value in veteran mentors. In our meetings, of course I brought up all the reasons it made sense to keep him. But you have to think big picture. It wasn't like I was kicking and screaming. By the end, we were all on board."

Nelson signed with the New Orleans Pelicans when he cleared waivers.

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Tobias Harris, Nikola Jokic Named Players Of The Week
Tobias Harris averaged 21.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 49% percent.

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Juancho Hernangomez Diagnosed With Mono
Juancho Hernangomez did not travel with Denver on their current four-game road trip as part of his recovery.

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Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Eric Bledsoe.

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Jameer Nelson Clears Waivers
Jameer Nelson has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.

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Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson will become a free agent on Friday if he clears waivers.

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Richard Jefferson Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.3M Deal With Nuggets
The Nuggets feel Richard Jefferson will give them depth at small forward and also be a strong veteran presence.

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Nuggets Interested In Signing Richard Jefferson
Josh Kroenke enjoys a strong friendship with Richard Jefferson.

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Gary Harris, Nuggets Agree Upon Four-Year, $84M Extension
Gary Harris and the Nuggets will avoid restricted free agency.

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Nuggets Optimistic On Possibility Of Extension With Gary Harris
The Nuggets and Gary Harris have held talks on a contract extension.

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Nuggets Exercise Options On Lyles, Mudiay, Beasley, Hernangomez, Murray
The Nuggets have exercised their fourth-year and third-year options on five players.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Mason Plumlee, Nuggets Agree Upon Three-Year, $41M Deal
Denver was able to avoid Mason Plumlee signing a $4.6 million qualifying offer.

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Nuggets Promote Tommy Balcetis To Director Of Basketball Strategy & Analytics
Tommy Balcetis works on analytical assignments, scouting and the salary cap.

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Nuggets Hire David Adelman As Assistant Coach
David Adelman comes to Denver after serving as assistant coach for the Magic during the 2016-17 season.

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Josh Childress Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets
Josh Childress becomes the first player to sign with an NBA team after playing in the BIG3.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of Locked on NBA and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

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Bob Weiss Hired By Nuggets As Assistant Coach
Bob Weiss spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Hornets.

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Nuggets Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant General Manager
Calvin Booth most recently served as Director of Pro Personnel for the Wolves.

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Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving
While Cleveland wants LeBron James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

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Nuggets To Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant GM
Calvin Booth has worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves since 2015.

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