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Mason Plumlee, Nuggets Agree Upon Three-Year, $41M Deal

Sep 18, 2017 10:58 AM

Mason Plumlee and the Denver Nuggets have agreed upon a three-year, $41 million contract.

Denver was able to avoid Plumlee signing a $4.6 million qualifying offer for the 2017-18 season that would have allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Nuggets acquired Plumlee in February for Jusuf Nurkic and a first round pick.

Denver's frontcourt rotation consists of Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and Kenneth Faried along with Plumlee.

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Nuggets Promote Tommy Balcetis To Director Of Basketball Strategy & Analytics

Sep 15, 2017 12:39 PM

The Denver Nuggets have promoted Tommy Balcetis to Director of Basketball Strategy & Analytics.

Balcetis enters his fifth season with the Nuggets front office and his first season as Director of Basketball Strategy & Analytics. He was named the Director of Basketball Analytics prior to the 2016-17 season after previously serving as Manager of Basketball Analytics from 2013 to 2016. Balcetis works closely with President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and General Manager Arturas Karnisovas along with the Nuggets coaching staff on all analytical assignments, scouting and the salary cap.

Balcetis graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in Economics and Psychology. The Lithuanian native’s background includes working for the NBA League offices in London, England in the international media department from 2012 to 2013 and also serving as a business consultant at Fidelity Investments from 2010 to 2012.

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Nuggets Hire David Adelman As Assistant Coach

Sep 15, 2017 12:37 PM

The Denver Nuggets have hired David Adelman to join Head Coach Michael Malone’s staff as an assistant coach.

Adelman comes to Denver after serving as assistant coach for the Orlando Magic during the 2016-17 season. He spent the previous five seasons (2011-16) with Minnesota, including the final three as an assistant coach. His NBA career began in 2011 as a player development coach. He also served as head coach for the Timberwolves summer league team for three seasons. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, Adelman spent five seasons as head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon.

Adelman went 83-53 (.610) during his five seasons at Lincoln, leading the Cardinals to three Portland Interscholastic district championships (2006-07, 2009-10, 2010-11). He also guided Lincoln to the Oregon Class 6A state championship final in 2009. Adelman was named PIL Coach of the Year three times.

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Josh Childress Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets

Sep 12, 2017 10:55 AM

Josh Childress has agreed upon a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Childress becomes the first player to sign with an NBA team after playing in the BIG3.

Childress last played in the NBA in 2013 with the New Orleans Pelicans. Childress spent last season with San-en NeoPhoenix in Japan.

Childress will enter training camp as the 18th player on the roster and will compete against a crowded small forward rotation of Will Barton, Wilson Chandler, and Tyler Lydon.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares

Sep 8, 2017 1:33 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), David Locke of Locked on NBA (@Lockedonsports) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs (@Adam_Mares) break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves and choose the Northwest’s best newcomer.

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5, predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division, choose breakout players and much more.

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Bob Weiss Hired By Nuggets As Assistant Coach

Aug 16, 2017 1:33 PM

The Denver Nuggets have hired veteran NBA coach and player Bob Weiss to join Head Coach Michael Malone’s staff as an assistant coach.

Weiss brings 34 years of coaching experience to Denver, including 31 at the NBA level. Weiss, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets, has been a head coach on four occasions, compiling a 223-299 career record (.427) with the San Antonio Spurs (1986-88), Atlanta Hawks (1990-93), Los Angeles Clippers (1993-94) and Seattle SuperSonics (2005-06). Along with the last four seasons in Charlotte, his tenure as an assistant coach includes stops with the San Diego Clippers (1977-80), Dallas Mavericks (1980-86), Orlando Magic (1989-90) SuperSonics (1994-2005) and Atlanta Hawks (2012-13).

In 2008, Weiss became the first former NBA head coach to be a head coach in China, where he spent two seasons leading the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (2008-10) and one season with the Shandong Lions (2010-11).

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Nuggets Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant General Manager

Aug 16, 2017 1:20 PM

The Denver Nuggets have named Calvin Booth their assistant general manager.

Booth, 41, joins the Nuggets after spending the past four seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves front office, most recently serving as the Director of Pro Personnel. Prior to his promotion last season, Booth was a scout for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2012-13 season before transitioning to the same position in Minnesota for the start of the 2013-14 season. While in Minnesota Booth continued his rise as a basketball executive as he worked his way from a scout, to the Director of Player Programs and then to the Director of Player Personnel.

Before beginning his front office career, Booth played for seven different teams over a 10-year career in the NBA. He appeared in 366 games (83 starts), averaging 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.00 blocks per game. The Reynoldsburg, OH native was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the second round (35th overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft after playing four years at Penn State University.

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Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving

Aug 15, 2017 9:50 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers want LeBron James to commit to the franchise before building around him while he wants to see the team execute a plan before committing to them.

While Cleveland wants James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

The Cavaliers have become more fixated on acquiring a young star such as Kristaps Porzingis, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson or Jamal Murray in their trade inquiries involving Irving.

Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player back in return for Irving. If James was committed long-term, they could trade Irving for veterans.

Cleveland has been deliberate with the trade process and conversations could become more aggressive in September close to the start of camp.

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Nuggets To Hire Calvin Booth As Assistant GM

Aug 2, 2017 8:28 PM

The Denver Nuggets are expected to hire Calvin Booth as assistant general manager.

Booth will replace Jared Jeffries in the Nuggets' front office.

Booth has worked for the Minnesota Timberwolves since 2015 as director of pro personnel.

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Nuggets Sell Jersey Sponsorship To Western Union

Aug 1, 2017 11:23 AM

The Denver Nuggets and The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) announced a sponsorship agreement that pairs one of the leading global companies headquartered in Denver.

As part of the three-year sponsorship, Western Union will be the first jersey patch sponsor for the Nuggets, with the Western Union logo adorning the jerseys of all players beginning in the 2017-2018 NBA Season. Last April, the NBA approved the sale of jersey sponsorships as part of a pilot program. The Nuggets become the 11th team to secure a jersey sponsor. Western Union will also be a co-presenting sponsor of the team’s 50th anniversary celebration.

With its global headquarters in Denver, Western Union is a Fortune 500 company and a leader in financial services with a rich history of connecting people – from telegram messages first offered decades ago to its global cross-border money-transfer and payments service offerings today. The company serves customers in 200 countries and territories around the world.

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Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections
The Pacers were willing to trade Paul George for Kyrie Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th
Paul George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

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Nuggets Sign Monte Morris To Two-Way Contract
Monte Morris was drafted by Denver with the 51st pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Nuggets Sign Torrey Craig To Two-Way Contract
Torrey Craig went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft and has spent the past three seasons starring in the Australian National Basketball League.

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Nuggets Waive Mike Miller
The Nuggets have waived Mike Miller.

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Clippers Agree To Danilo Gallinari Sign-And-Trade On Three-Year, $65M Deal
The Clippers have agreed to trade Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and Houston's 2018 first round pick to Atlanta in sign-and-trade for Danilo Gallinari.

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Danilo Gallinari Likely To Join Clippers In Sign-And-Trade With Nuggets, Hawks
The Hawks will receive Jamal Crawford and likely Houston's 2018 first round pick from the Clippers.

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Nuggets Looking To Unload Salary To Pursue George Hill
Denver will need to unload salary such as Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur now that they've come to an agreement with Paul Millsap.

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Paul Millsap Agrees To Three-Year, $90M Deal With Nuggets
Paul Millsap has agreed to sign with the Nuggets on a three-year, $90 million deal.

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Celtics Could Pursue Danilo Gallinari If Hayward Signs Elsewhere
While Gordon Hayward is the Celtics' top target in free agency, they will target Danilo Gallinari as a backup plan.

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Nuggets Considered Favorites To Sign Paul Millsap
The Suns and Wolves are considered unlikely to sign Paul Millsap.

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Pacers, Nuggets Interested In George Hill
Indiana traded away George Hill in June of 2016 and traded Paul George on June 30th

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Pacers Were Offered Gary Harris In Three-Way Paul George Trade
The Pacers were seeking Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and multiple picks from the Celtics.

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Blake Griffin Cancels Meetings With Suns, Nuggets As Clippers Improve Position
Unless there is a wildcard team that enters the picture, there is a sense that Blake Griffin will re-sign with the Clippers.

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Fourth Mystery Team Could Schedule Last Minute Meeting With Gordon Hayward
The Jazz, Celtics and Heat are the three teams with meetings scheduled with Gordon Hayward in free agency.

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Paul Millsap Has Discussed Sign-And-Trade With Hawks
Paul Millsap is unlikely to return to the Hawks this offseason as they pivot towards a rebuild.

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Cavs, Nuggets, Pacers Discuss Three-Way Deal Involving Paul George, Kevin Love
In the discussed trade scenario, Paul George would end up with the Cavaliers while Kevin Love would go to the Nuggets.

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Nuggets Were Unwilling To Include Jamal Murray In Jimmy Butler Trade Talks
Denver also had concerns about the possibility of Jimmy Butler leaving in 2019 when he can become a free agent.

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Jazz Select Donovan Mitchell At No. 13, Trading Trey Lyles, No. 24 To Denver
Donovan Mitchell is a combo guard out of Louisville that plays well off the ball.

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Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets
If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Eric Bledsoe.

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