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RealGM Radio: David Locke, Adam Mares On The Northwest Division

Aug 15, 2018 2:37 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network (@Lockedonsports) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs (@Adam_Mares) break down the Northwest Division.

They discuss how the Jazz, Nuggets, Thunder, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, RealGM Radio

Michael Porter Jr. Says He's Pain-Free, Eyes Debut Early In Season

Aug 12, 2018 1:17 PM

Michael Porter Jr. says he's free of pain after a second surgery on his back. Porter hopes to be on the court near the start of the 18-19 season.

"I finally feel, like, good," Porter said.

"I don't have a date but I'm hoping to be back for the beginning of the year. Gotta heal up, but I feel great," said Porter. "I'm able to get on the court a little bit right now, do something different things. But my rehab has definitely been very conservative. They're really taking it easy with me, being patient with me."

Porter underwent a microdiscectomy in November 2017 that repaired one of two bulging discs in his back. He underwent a second spinal surgery in July.

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

Nuggets To Sign DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell To Two-Way Deal

Aug 7, 2018 10:11 AM

The Denver Nuggets will sign DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell to a two-way contract. Akoon-Purcell went undrafted in 2016 out of Illinois State and has since played in Denmark for the Bakken Bears.

Thomas Welsh has Denver's other two-way contract.

The Nuggets now have a full roster of guaranteed deals plus their pair of two-way deals.

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Tags: DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

Devin Harris, Mavericks Close To One-Year Deal

Jul 26, 2018 10:13 AM

Devin Harris and the Dallas Mavericks are engaged in strong talks on a one-year deal.

The two sides are hopeful of finalizing a deal within the next day.

Harris finished last season with the Denver Nuggets.

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Tags: Devin Harris, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Isaiah Thomas Reached Out To Danny Ainge About Signing With Celtics

Jul 23, 2018 9:02 AM

Isaiah Thomas reached out to Danny Ainge about signing with the Boston Celtics before he reached his agreement with the Denver Nuggets.

Thomas and Ainge talked about about 15 minutes.

"If the opportunity is there, I would just like to let you know that I'd love to come back," Thomas told Ainge.

Ainge says his mind was open to the idea but they first had to resolve the free agency of Marcus Smart. In the meantime, Thomas agreed to his deal with the Denver Nuggets.

"S---, I'd have gone back," Thomas said. "I don't hold grudges."

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Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nets Trade Darrell Arthur To Suns For Jared Dudley, 2021 2nd Rounder

Jul 20, 2018 10:19 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have traded Darrell Arthur to the Phoenix Suns for Jared Dudley and a 2021 second round pick.

Arthur will likely be bought out by the Suns as he's due $7.4 million for 18-19.

Dudley will also have that conversation with the Nets on his $9.5 million salary.

The second round pick is protected to No. 35.

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Tags: Darrell Arthur, Jared Dudley, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nuggets Sign Monte Morris To Three-Year, $4.8M Deal

Jul 20, 2018 9:51 AM

The Denver Nuggets have agreed to sign Monte Morris to a three-year, $4.8 million deal.

The first two seasons of Morris' deal are guaranteed.

The Nuggets are converting Morris' two -way deal into a standard NBA deal.

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Tags: Monte Morris, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Michael Porter Jr. Undergoes Another Back Surgery

Jul 18, 2018 7:37 PM

Michael Porter Jr. underwent another back surgery last week.

Porter's camp believes the latest procedure represents a breakthrough of his herniated disk problem.

Porter is hopeful of not missing the entire 18-19 season.

The Denver Nuggets selected Porter with the 14th overall pick.

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs

Jul 17, 2018 4:25 PM

Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week. Leonard holds some enthusiasm for showcasing his revitalized health in the wake of the quad injury that has been at the center of discord between the Spurs and him, sources said.  

Gregg Popovich will lead the camp in his role as national team coach.

Leonard continues to seek a trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

bidding war among the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are among teams who've talked with the Spurs, league sources said.

The Celtics and 76ers appear to have lost traction in their appetite to trade for Leonard as they're well-positioned for the future regardless. The Lakers appear to be playing the longer game in trade talks.

The Spurs have yet to allow prospective trade partners to talk directly with Leonard or his reps.


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Tags: Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Hawks Acquire Jeremy Lin, Nuggets Unload Kenneth Faried, Darrel Arthur, 2019 FRP To Nets

Jul 13, 2018 12:13 AM

The Brooklyn Nets have traded Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Nets will acquire Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a protected 2019 first round pick and a future second round pick from the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets will receive Isaiah Whitehead in the deal. Denver's 2019 first round pick to the Nets is protected 1-12.

For Denver, they were looking to clear salary to stay under the luxury tax.

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Isaiah Thomas Agrees To One-Year $2M Deal With Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas finished last season with the Lakers.

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Pistons Hire Micah Nori As Assistant Coach
Micah Nori was most recently with the Nuggets under Michael Malone.

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Nuggets Sign Jarred Vanderbilt To Three-Year, $4M Deal
Jarred Vanderbil was the 41st pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Torrey Craig Agrees Upon Two-Year, $4M Deal With Nuggets
Torrey Craig's deal is guaranteed.

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76ers Acquire Wilson Chandler From Nuggets
The Nuggets are looking to unload salary to decrease their tax bill.

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Nuggets To Sign Thomas Welsh To Two-Way Contract
Thomas Welsh was the 58th overall selection out of UCLA by the Nuggets.


Nuggets Trying To Secure Meeting With LeBron James
The Nuggets are trying to sell LeBron James on a core of Nikola Jokic, Will Barton and Jamal Murray.

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Nikola Jokic, Nuggets Agree To Five-Year, $146.5M Deal
The Nuggets declined their team option on Nikola Jokic to allow him to become a restricted free agent.

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Will Barton, Nuggets To Agree Upon Four-Year, $54M Deal
Will Barton signed a three-year, $10.6 million deal with the Nuggets.

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Wilson Chandler, Courtney Lee, Kent Bazemore Available In Trade Talks
The Nuggets, Knicks and Hawks are exploring trade scenarios involving their wings.

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Nikola Jokic Won't Have Player Option In Five-Year, $146.5M Deal
The Nuggets declined their team option on Nikola Jokic to allow him to become a restricted free agent.

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Lakers, Nuggets Discussing Expiring Contract For Pick Trade
The Nuggets are looking to send out an expiring contract, either Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur or Wilson Chandler, in order to reduce their luxury tax.

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Nikola Jokic, Nuggets Plan On Signing Five-Year, $146.5M Max Contract
The Nuggets will decline their team option upon Nikola Jokic to make him a restricted free agent.

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Nuggets Not Sure If Michael Porter Will Play At All During 18-19 Season
Michael Porter could play as early as Summer League or sit out the entire 18-19 season.

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Wilson Chandler Exercises $12.8M Player Option With Nuggets
Wilson Chandler signed a four-year, $46 million extension in 2015 with the Nuggets.

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

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Grizzlies Holding Trade Talks With Multiple Teams On No. 4 Pick
The Grizzlies would like to trade back rather than trading out of the lottery altogether.

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Mavs, Magic, Nuggets Trying To Move Up To No. 3 To Select Luka Doncic
The Hawks very well could control the direction of the draft at No. 3.

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Darrell Arthur Exercises $7.4M Player Option With Nuggets
Darrell Arthur re-signed with the Nuggets in 2016 on a three-year, $23 million deal.

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Nuggets Aggressively Trying To Unload Kenneth Faried
The Nuggets are trying to unload the $13.8 million salary of Kenneth Faried.

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