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Nuggets Waive Matt Ryan, Sign Giorgi Bezhanishvili

Oct 12, 2021 9:48 AM

The Denver Nuggets waived Matt Ryan. Denver then signed Giorgi Bezhanishvili to fill their open roster spot.

Ryan did not get into a preseason game with the Nuggets. He went undrafted out of Chattanooga at the 2020 NBA Draft. Ryan did not play professionally during the 2020-21 season, but played in 2021 Las Vegas Summer League with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bezhanishvili went undrafted at the 2021 NBA Draft as an Early Entry candidate out of Illinois. The 6-foot-9 forward played for Denver at 2021 Las Vegas Summer League.

Both Ryan and Bezhanishvili are expected to land with the Grand Rapids Gold of the G League. The Gold are Denver's first singly-affiliated G-League club.

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Nuggets Exercise Team Option For Zeke Nnaji

Oct 9, 2021 9:23 AM

The Denver Nuggets have exercised their third-year team option for Zeke Nnaji. The 6-foot-11 big man is entering his second season with Denver.

As a rookie, Nnaji played in 42 games (one start). He averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per contest.

Nnaji's role is expected to grow this season, as the Nuggets lost Paul Millsap in free agency. Nnaji is expected to team with veterans JaMychal Green and Jeff Green to provide depth behind Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon in Denver's frontcourt.

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Austin Rivers Feels This Season Is His Last Shot

Oct 3, 2021 8:41 AM

Austin Rivers feels fortunate to have a roster spot in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, and he's not taking it for granted. Rivers recently said, "I'm not any more comfortable now than I was a year ago. I'm still treating this like this is my last shot."

Rivers signed with the Nuggets late in the 2020-21 season. He was added as an injury replacement for Jamal Murray. Rivers' signing in Denver came after nearly a month without a roster spot following his release by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City had acquired Rivers from the New York Knicks in a three-team trade that included the Philadelphia 76ers.

In 15 regular season games (five starts), Rivers averaged 8.7 points for the Nuggets on 37.5% shooting on three-pointers. In the playoffs, Rivers started nine of Denver's 10 games and averaged 9.2 points on 41.3% shooting from behind the arc.

Rivers is expected to be a part of the Nuggets rotation again this season, as Murray continues to rehab from a torn ACL. Fellow guard Will Barton is also dealing with an ankle injury, which has opened up more time for Rivers.

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Michael Porter Jr. Isn't Comfortable Taking COVID-19 Vaccine

Sep 29, 2021 3:09 PM

Michael Porter Jr. revealed that he isn't comfortable taking the COVID-19 vaccine and is adamant there shouldn't be a mandate for NBA players to take it.

“For me, I had COVID twice, I saw how my body reacted, and although the chances are slim, with the vaccine, there’s a chance you could have a bad reaction to it,” Porter said. “For me, I don’t feel comfortable.

“My stance on the mandate is it definitely shouldn’t be a mandate. It should be everyone’s decision. I see it both ways. If you want to get it because you feel more protected and you feel safer, and it’s protecting people around you, get it. That’s good for you. But if you feel like, ‘Oh, for me, I don’t feel safe getting it, then don’t get it.’”

Porter isn't the only player on the Nuggets who is unvaccinated. 

“I’ve had it twice, and I don’t know what’s going in my body with a shot, so if I already know how I’m going to react to COVID, I just feel like, for me, I don’t want to risk putting something that might affect me negatively in my body,” Porter said.

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Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets Agree To Five-Year, $172M Extension

Sep 27, 2021 5:00 PM

Michael Porter Jr. has agreed to a five-year max extension with the Denver Nuggets that could be worth up to $207 million.

Porter's deal will be worth $172 million unless he reached the designated max criteria as an All-NBA team selection.

The Nuggets now have three players on max contracts in Porter, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

According to Michael Singer of the Denver Post, the final season of the contract is partially guaranteed and he has no player options. 

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Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets Continue To Discuss Extension

Sep 24, 2021 11:52 AM

The Denver Nuggets and Michael Porter Jr. continue to discuss a contract extension.

Porter would become a restricted free agent in 2022 if a deal is not reached. The Nuggets and Porter have until the start of the season to reach a deal.

Porter said he’s leaving negotiations up to his agent, Mark Bartelstein.

“It’s a thing that’s on the radar, but, you know, I try to let my agent do his job,” Porter said. “I’m in the loop. I’m talking with my agent, talking with Tim (Connelly), those guys, but for me, it’s God’s time, and when it’s supposed to happen, it’ll happen. I’m not going to try to rush it. All I’m gonna worry about is getting ready, getting geared up for the season.

“… I love basketball,” Porter added. “It’s not too stressful for me about the money stuff. Of course that’s part of it. I’m just trying to stay in the gym and get better.”

Porter averaged 19 points per games last season.

“Tim and I talk all the time, we have a great relationship,” Bartelstein told The Denver Post. “Michael is completely focused on getting ready for the season and wants to take his game to a completely different level and help the Nuggets win at the highest level. Tim and I will continue to have conversations on our end.”

In a Tweet offering supplemental reporting, Mike Singer indicated that "there's optimism, and maybe even momentum."

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Tarik Black Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets

Sep 24, 2021 8:28 AM

Tarik Black has agreed to a camp deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Black last played in the NBA during the 17-18 season with the Houston Rockets. 

Black spent last season with Zenit Saint Petersburg, averaging 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.

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Nuggets Sign Petr Cornelie To Two-Way Contract

Sep 17, 2021 4:40 PM

The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Petr Cornelie to a Two-Way contract.

Cornelie, 6-11, 220, most recently appeared in 34 games for Elan Bearnais of the French LNB Pro A league in 2021, averaging 14.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 54.0% from the field and 44.2% from three in 28.9 minutes per game. The 26-year-old also helped earn a silver medal for the France National Team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. In six games, Cornelie averaged 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds while shooting 33.3% from the field.

The Calais, France native, was drafted in the 53rd pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Nuggets. He has appeared in 14 games (seven starts) for three Nuggets summer league teams in 2016, 2017 and 2018, averaging 5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 16.8 minutes per game.

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Aaron Gordon, Nuggets Agree To Four-Year, $92M Extension

Sep 14, 2021 4:01 PM

Aaron Gordon has agreed to a four-year, $92 million contract extension with the Denver Nuggets.

Gordon's deal includes a player option for the 25-26 season.

The Nuggets acquired Gordon ahead of the 2021 trade deadline. Gordon was slated to be a free agent during the 2022 offseason. 

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Giorgi Bezhanishvili Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets

Sep 12, 2021 4:26 PM

The Denver Nuggets have agreed to sign Giorgi Bezhanishvili to an Exhibit 10 contract.

Bezhanishvili went undrafted out of Illinois and played for the Nuggets in Summer League.

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Michael Porter Jr. Encouraged By Extension Talks With Nuggets

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Aaron Gordon, Nuggets Optimistic Extension Will Be Reached

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Paul Millsap Receiving Interest From Nets, Warriors, Bulls, Clippers

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Paul Millsap Continues To Seek Deal Above Vet's Minimum

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Nuggets Hire Popeye Jones As Assistant Coach

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Warriors, Nets Interested In Paul Millsap

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Jason Terry To Become Head Coach Of G League's Grand Rapids Gold

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Nuggets Re-Sign Markus Howard On Two-Way Contract

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Austin Rivers, Nuggets Agree To One-Year Deal

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Jeff Green, Nuggets Agree To Two-Year, $10M Deal

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JaMychal Green, Nuggets Agree To Two-Year, $17M Deal

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Will Barton, Nuggets Agree To Two-Year, $32M Deal

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Nuggets Extend Qualifying Offer To Markus Howard

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'Growing Optimism' Nuggets Will Re-Sign Will Barton

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Popeye Jones Could Join Nuggets' Coaching Staff

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JaMychal Green Declines $7.6M Player Option With Nuggets

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Will Barton Declines $14.7M Player Option With Nuggets

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Wizards Hire Wes Unseld Jr. As Head Coach

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Team USA Adds JaVale McGee, Keldon Johnson To Olympics Roster

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