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Blazers, Cavs, Nuggets Will Re-Open Facilities On May 8th; Lakers, Mavs To Wait For Further Clearance

May 7, 2020 1:33 AM

The NBA has informed teams that they can re-open their practice facilities on May 8th if their city has loosened restrictions on social distancing.

The Cavs, Nuggets, and Blazers are among teams who will re-open their facilities.

J.B. Bickerstaff said that Cavs coaches will wear masks and gloves, with players and coaches required to stand 12 feet apart.

The Mavs and Lakers, meanwhile, will hold off on re-opening their facilities.

Los Angeles currently has a stay-at-home policy until May 15th. Frank Vogel did not have a firm date on when the Lakers would return, but said he was not concerned by certain teams returning early from a competitive standpoint.

"There's a competitive balance element to this that I personally am not really all that concerned about. I think we're still a long way away from returning to play," said Vogel.

Mark Cuban added that he was not comfortable with the Mavs returning without widespread testing, and that he has no immediate plans to re-open facilities. 

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Mason Plumlee Says 'People Are Very Optimistic' That Season Will Resume

May 6, 2020 1:56 AM

Mason Plumlee expressed his optimism that the NBA season will resume in an interview with Mike Singer of the Denver Post.

“People are very optimistic that we’ll start the season again. There have been a lot of proposals thrown around. … From the union meetings, I’ve learned that there are developing plans and strategies to bring the season back," said Plumlee, who is the Nuggets alternate union rep.

Plumlee said he's heard several different proposals pertaining to the logistics of finishing out the season, including creating a quarantined area in Las Vegas or at Disney World.

“People know that we’re playing for the TV at this point. It’s unrealistic to expect any kind of attendance. I know that they’ve talked about cutting down the travel party. I’ve heard proposals of one city, two cities, three cities with 10 teams, an expedited finish to the season or a differentiated version of the playoffs," said Plumlee. 

Plumlee added that players were pushing for two-to-four weeks of a ramp-up period before restarting the season. 

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Nuggets To Promote Calvin Booth To General Manager

Apr 18, 2020 7:45 PM

The Denver Nuggets will promote Calvin Booth to general manager, league sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Booth was previously an assistant general manager for the Nuggets.

Booth replaces Arturas Karnisovas, who was named the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Bulls. 

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Bulls Target Calvin Booth, Marc Eversley, Mark Hughes, Matt Lloyd For Assistant GM

Apr 10, 2020 8:54 PM

The Chicago Bulls are planning to start discussions with general manager candidates.

The pool includes several assistant general managers: Calvin Booth (Denver Nuggets), Marc Eversley (Philadelphia 76ers), Mark Hughes (Los Angeles Clippers) and Matt Lloyd (Orlando Magic).

Additional candidates may emerge as well.

The Bulls' front office will now be run by Arturas Karnisovas.

Booth is under serious consideration to replace Karnisovas with the Nuggets.

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Arturas Karnisovas Emerges As Leader For Bulls Executive Role

Apr 8, 2020 1:25 AM

Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas emerged as the favorite to take over the top executive position for the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports.

Karnisovas impressed the team with his draft record and player development ability.

The team also interviewed Jazz executive Justin Zanik, though the Jazz intend to keep Zanik in the organization. 

Two other rumored candidates in Miami’s Adam Simon and Indiana’s Chad Buchanan dropped out of the running for the role.

John Paxson recently stated that he is willing to completely leave the organization if that's what the new executive prefers.

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Bulls To Interview Arturas Karnisovas, Justin Zanik

Apr 6, 2020 4:16 PM

The Chicago Bulls have interviews planned with Arturas Karnisovas and Justin Zanik.

Karnisovas is currently general manager of the Denver Nuggets while Zanik holds the same position with the Utah Jazz.

Zanik attended Northwestern and also has experience as a player agent.

The Bulls are increasingly less less likely to interview Bobby Webster of the Toronto Raptors or Adam Simon of the Miami Heat. Both Webster and Simon are expected to be retained by their current teams.

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Bobby Webster, Arturas Karnisovas Emerge As Candidates To Run Bulls' Basketball Ops

Apr 3, 2020 3:32 PM

Bobby Webster and Arturas Karnisovas have emerged as candidates to become the top basketball executive of the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls will conduct interviews next week electronically.

Webster was promoted to general manager of the Raptors in 2017. Webster worked in the league office from 2006 until 2013 when he joined the Raptors.

Karnisovas is currently a member of the Denver Nuggets' front office and has also worked for the Houston Rockets and in the league office.

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Tim Connelly Organized Conference Call For Execs To Share COVID-19 Best Practices

Mar 24, 2020 4:54 PM

Tim Connelly organized a conference call of eleven of his peers from other teams to share information approximately 72 hours before the NBA closed its practice facilities to players.

Connelly had been communicating individually via telephone and text and decided sharing information in a more streamline way would be better.

"There's an overwhelming sense of fraternity," Connelly told ESPN. "It isn't about competition right now but what's best for the NBA."

Front offices pooled details on team quarantines, player and staff COVID-19 testing, facility protocols and consultations with infectious disease specialists. 

Bob Myers was one of the executives on the call.

"We are seeking answers that no one knows," said Myers. "In a lot of ways, it's simply, 'What's the least worst thing to do?' It's hard to find the best thing, but it isn't stopping us all from trying."

Asked what his message was to players on their way into this hiatus, Myers told ESPN: "Follow the rules. Be a person. Be a civilian. Be a member of the community. Take care of your families. Prioritize that. We will get to basketball later."

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Member Of Nuggets Tests Positive For COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020 3:06 PM

A member of the Denver Nuggets' organization has tested positive for COIVD-19.

The Nuggets are not specifying whether it is a player or staff member.

The person, who was tested after experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 on March 16th, is currently under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation.

Sam Amick of The Athletic reports that the person who was tested did so via the public system and not privately. The Nuggets have not tested their team as many other teams have over the past eight days.

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Bulls, Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets Among Teams To Provide Financial Support For Event Employees

Mar 15, 2020 12:50 AM

NBA teams across the league announced plans to provide financial support for event employees paid on an hourly basis.

The Lakers and Clippers joined together with the NHL's Kings to create a fund for the 2,800 hourly staff employees at Staples Center.

The Bulls and NHL's Blackhawks announced that they would pay 1,200 day-of-game staff through the end of the season.

The Nuggets announced that they will pay part-time and hourly staff for the next 30 days.

The Magic also said they were working on a compensation plan for employees.

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Troy Daniels To Sign With Nuggets

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Pistons Claim Jordan McRae Off Waivers

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Jordan McRae Agrees To Buyout With Nuggets, Likely To Sign With Suns

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Mike Malone Following Loss To Clippers: 'We Were Soft Tonight From Beginning To End'

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Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Nuggets Request Waivers On Gerald Green

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Nuggets Acquire Jordan McRae From Wizards For Shabazz Napier

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Rockets, Wolves, Nuggets, Hawks Agree To Trade Involving Clint Capela, Robert Covington

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Stan Kroenke Declares Michael Porter Jr. Untouchable For Nuggets

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Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap Out Versus Rockets

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Mason Plumlee Out 2-4 Weeks With Foot Injury

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Jamal Murray Out For 'Foreseeable Future' With Ankle Injury

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X-Rays Return Negative On Jamal Murray's Ankle

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Nuggets Open To Discussing Deals For Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez

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Michael Malone, Nuggets Agree To Contract Extension Through 22-23

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Michael Porter Jr. Remains Untouchable By Nuggets

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Malik Beasley Receives Trade Interest From Multiple Teams

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Nuggets Made 'Very Aggressive' Extension Offer To Malik Beasley

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Malik Beasley, Nuggets Discussing Extension

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Nuggets Exercise 20-21 Option On Michael Porter Jr.

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