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New Book Details Involvement Of Isiah Thomas In 2011 Carmelo Anthony Trade

Apr 17, 2018 2:37 PM

Isiah Thomas played a pivotal role in the New York Knicks' trade for Carmelo Anthony in 2011, according to a new book by Ian Thomsen.

The Knicks and Nets were bidding for Anthony but Donnie Walsh's reluctance to include Timofey Mozgov was holding back a deal from getting done.

"Thomas and I had been sharing information for years, he had provided me with insight on the new generation of AAU players who were seizing control of the NBA, and I believed he would be interested in hearing about Anthony," wrote Thomsen. "But Thomas was gunshy. It had been three years since his departure from the Knicks and he was still being criticized in New York as if he had never left. He said he didn't know (former Nuggets exec Masai) Ujiri, and the last thing he needed was to have it leaked that he was involved in the talks for Anthony. He made it clear that he no longer had authority within the Knicks organization, which meant he had everything to lose and nothing to gain. Thomas could see how this would play out: The trade with the Knicks would collapse, word would get out of his involvement and he would be the scapegoat. 'I don't want anything to do with it,' he said.

“I explained why I had assumed that he would be interested in hearing about the negotiations. Anthony had stuck out his neck to force a trade to New York, and if the trade was doomed to fall apart because the Knicks weren't willing to include a back-end player like Mozgov, then it wouldn't only be Anthony who would be furious. Anthony's fellow NBA stars — his close friends — would be angry with the Knicks too, and it would become more difficult than ever for the Knicks to recruit another star in years to come. The future of the Knicks mattered not at all to me, but I figured it would be important to Thomas. He said he agreed with my point of view, as I knew he would, since he had helped me to understand this dynamic over several years of conversations.

“Thomas thanked me for the call and then insisted that he was going to keep out of it. His goal was to get on with his own life. If the Knicks were going to make the trade, then let them figure it out."

Thomas, however, did not stay out of it despite coaching at Florida International at the time.

"My phone buzzed with the call from Isiah Thomas. 'Well, I passed on the information,’ he said, without saying to whom it had been passed. 'Now we'll see what happens.' The next morning, the news broke that Timofey Mozgov had been included in the Knicks' offer to Denver. That night the trade was completed."

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets Will Retain Michael Malone As Head Coach

Apr 13, 2018 4:17 PM

The Denver Nuggets will retain Michael Malone as head coach next season.

The Nuggets finished one game out of the playoffs.

“There’s improvement across all levels of our team,” Connelly said. “I guess (questioning Malone’s job status is) the unfortunate narrative of  professional basketball, but ‘Mo’s done a fantastic job.’ ”

Malone has one season remaining on his current contract.

“Over the last several weeks of the season, I thought ‘Mo did just a brilliant job kind of using our roster, being creative and thinking outside the box,” Connelly said. “I can’t say enough (about) how proud of him and his staff I am, faced with insurmountable odds after a rough start to (a seven-game) road trip…

“We had every chance to lay down, and we did the opposite. I think our coaching staff should be lauded for a fantastic job.”

Gina Mizell/Denver Post

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Winner Of Wolves-Nuggets Gets Final Western Conference Playoff Berth

Apr 10, 2018 10:32 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday in what is effectively a one-game playoff.

The Pelicans, Spurs and Thunder clinched their spots in the playoffs on Monday, which has left just one opening to be decided by the Northwest Division rivals who coincidentally play each other on the final day of the season.

The Wolves haven't reached the playoffs since 2004 when they reached the Western Conference Finals and lost to the Lakers.

Denver last reached the playoffs in 2013 when they were upset by the Warriors in the first round.

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Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons Named NBA Players Of The Week

Apr 9, 2018 3:07 PM

Ben Simmons and Nikola Jokic have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Jokic averaged 23.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game as the Nuggets went 3-0.

Simmons averaged 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game as the 76ers went 4-0.

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Grizzlies Rejected Emmanuel Mudiay, 2nd Round Pick From Nuggets For Tyreke Evans

Feb 9, 2018 10:23 AM

The Denver Nuggets attempted to trade for Tyreke Evans with the Memphis Grizzlies at the deadline and presented two offers.

Denver offered Memphis either Emmanuel Mudiay and a second round pick, or an expiring contract and multiple second round picks.

The Grizzlies wanted more in exchange for Evans and didn't want any salary for the 18-19 season. Mudiay was eventually traded to the New York Knicks.

Memphis failed to find a workable trade of Evans, who they signed to a one-year, $3.3 million contract.

The Washington Wizards also had interest in Evans and likely would have parted with two second round picks as well.

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Tags: Tyreke Evans, Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Acquire Emmanuel Mudiay From Nuggets

Feb 8, 2018 2:07 PM

The New York Knicks have acquired Emmanuel Mudiay from the Denver Nuggets in a three-way trade.

The Knicks will send Doug McDermott to the Dallas Mavericks while the Nuggets will acquire Devin Harris. Denver will also get a second round pick from the Knicks.

Mudiay was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft.

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Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies Continue To Seek FRP For Tyreke Evans

Feb 8, 2018 8:05 AM

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to seek a first round pick in exchange for Tyreke Evans.

The Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers are interested in acquiring Evans but are reluctant to part with a first round pick or a young player.

While Evans is on an affordable expiring contract, he would be a pure rental for any team trading for him as they would not hold his Bird rights and need to use cap space to re-sign him.

Evans signed a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Grizzlies last offseason and is averaging 19.5 points per game.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nuggets, Jazz Discussing Trade Involving Wilson Chandler, Joe Johnson

Feb 7, 2018 9:50 PM

The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz have held trade talks involving Wilson Chandler and Joe Johnson.

Chandler has a $12.8 million player option for the 18-19 season.

Johnson is on a $10.5 million expiring contract.

The Nuggets and Jazz worked together on a draft day trade last June.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tags: Wilson Chandler, Joe Johnson, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

Forbes

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Tyler Lydon Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery

Jan 27, 2018 6:46 PM

Tyler Lydon has undergone successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The surgery was performed by UCHealth surgeon Dr. Armando Vidal.

The injury occurred Wednesday, January 24th while the Rio Grande Valley Vipers were playing the Iowa Wolves in the NBA G League.

There is currently no timetable for his return.

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Nuggets Optimistic Nikola Jokic Only Sprained Left Ankle
Nikola Jokic will undergo further evaluation on his injured left ankle but x-rays came back negative.

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Paul Millsap Undergoes Successful Reconstructive Surgery On Left Wrist
Paul Millsap is expected to miss several months.

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Paul Millsap To Undergo Surgery On Left Wrist
Paul Millsap will undergo surgery on his left wrist and be out indefinitely.

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NBA Rescinds Ejection Fine Of Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic properly received a technical foul for his actions but should not have been ejected from the game.

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Michael Malone Suspended One Game By NBA
Michael Malone has been suspended for entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official.

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

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Paul Millsap Injures Left Wrist
Paul Millsap had X-rays but results are not yet known.

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Denver Was Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray For Kyrie Irving
Jamal Murray, Wilson Chandler and a top-3 protected first round pick for Kyrie Irving could have started a conversation.

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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe
The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick.

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Nuggets Declined Offer Of Protected 2nd Round Pick From Lottery Team For Jameer Nelson
By waiving Jameer Nelson, the Nuggets allowed him to choose his destination.

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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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Gina Mizell/Denver Post

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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