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Nuggets Drop Isaiah Thomas From Rotation

Mar 13, 2019 7:57 AM

The Denver Nuggets have shortened their rotation with Isaiah Thomas being dropped.

Thomas has played in only nine games since his return from hip surgery. Thomas signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the expectation he would backup Jamal Murray, but the emergence of Monte Morris made that difficult.

Michael Malone pulled Thomas aside before Tuesday's game to inform him of the decision.

“You definitely talk to him, and I will keep that conversation between myself and IT,” Malone said. “Not an easy conversation, but that’s my job. It’s never about Isaiah or any individual. It’s about what’s best for our team. I made the decision to shorten the rotation, only play eight guys in the first quarter, and I’m going to continue to do that for the time being. Sixteen games to go, I’m trying to find a rhythm and a rotation that I feel like will give us the best chance to win now and into the playoffs.”

Malone praised Thomas’ professionalism in handling his removal from the rotation. 

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Nuggets Sign Tim Connelly To Contract Extension

Feb 15, 2019 6:32 PM

The Denver Nuggets have signed Tim Connelly to a contract extension.

Connelly's deal would have expired at the end of the current season. Connelly and Josh Kroenke had been in talks in recent weeks.

Connelly joined the Nuggets as GM in 2013, after leaving the New Orleans Pelicans where he had been an assistant GM.

Connelly also worked previously for the Washington Wizards.


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Michael Malone Says Isaiah Thomas 'Having A Profound Impact' On Young Players

Feb 12, 2019 1:37 AM

Michael Malone praised Isaiah Thomas' impact and leadership on the Denver Nuggets despite having not played a game this season.

“Even while he’s not playing, he’s still having a profound impact on our young players. His voice, his leadership in huddles during games in practices and in the locker room. We have a relatively quiet group, and one thing I think everybody knows that’s been around Isaiah is that he’s not quiet and that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for our team. He brings an energy and a voice and a leadership that we sorely miss," said Malone.

Thomas has struck up a close relationship with Monte Morris.

“His leadership alone helps us. We probably wouldn’t be this high in the West if he wasn’t in our locker room giving us tips on guys he played and just knowing how to pull through. I look up to him a lot, not just because he plays my position, but because of what he’s been through and everything,” said Morris.

Thomas is close to making his return for the Nuggets following hip surgery.

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Isaiah Thomas May Make Return To Nuggets Lineup On Monday

Feb 9, 2019 1:15 AM

Isaiah Thomas is close to making his return to the Denver Nuggets lineup, which could take place as early as Monday.

The 30-year-old was reportedly assigned to a G League stint to get further practice time, but Thomas will remain with the Nuggets for now.

Thomas, who has been out this entire season due after hip surgery, has yet to participate in 5-on-5 practice. 

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic Named NBA Players Of The Week

Feb 4, 2019 3:06 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nikola Jokic have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Antetokounmpo averaged 25.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists for the week as Milwaukee went 3-0.

Jokic averaged 22.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists as the Nuggets went 4-0.

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Michael Malone To Coach Team LeBron In All-Star Game

Feb 3, 2019 12:14 PM

Michael Malone and his staff will coach Team LeBron in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

With Saturday’s 107-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Nuggets (37-15, .712) clinched a tie with the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 3.

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Mike Malone: Nuggets 'Not Scared Of Anybody', Ready For Rockets In Playoffs

Feb 2, 2019 3:44 PM

Mike Malone said he wasn't afraid of any team following the Denver Nuggets' 136-122 win over the Houston Rockets.

He added that the Nuggets know what it takes to beat the Rockets in a playoff series.

"We've beaten all comers. We're not scared of anybody. If we play them in the playoffs, now we know we've beaten this team. We know what it takes to beat them," said Malone.


Malik Beasley had a career-high 35 points. 

"I definitely think this is a statement performance to show the world who I am. I'm not just out there on the bench. I'm not just on this team with a lot of great players. I am a player," added Beasley.

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Nikola Jokic Suspended 1 Game, Mason Plumlee And Derrick Favors Fined

Jan 25, 2019 6:22 PM

The NBA suspended Nikola Jokic 1 game for leaving the bench area during an altercation between Mason Plumlee and Derrick Favors. 

Jokic will miss Friday's game against the Suns. The Nuggets were surprised by the ruling as they went through their shootaround with Jokic in the lineup.

Plumlee and Favors each received fines of $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. 

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RealGM Radio: Adam Mares On The Nuggets

Jan 24, 2019 2:54 AM

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Isaiah Thomas Aims To Make Nuggets Debut Before All-Star Break

Jan 19, 2019 1:21 AM

Isaiah Thomas is planning to make his Denver Nuggets debut before the All-Star break in mid-February. The 29-year-old Thomas, who signed a 1-year deal with the Nuggets, has been out since having hip surgery last March. 

Thomas could return as early as their February 11-13th homestand against the Heat and Kings. 

Thomas is expected to begin playing in 5-on-5 scrimmages in the near future. 

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Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets to a perfect 3-0 record by averaging 28.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists.

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Nuggets Waive Nick Young
Nick Young was on the Nuggets' roster using the injury hardship exception.

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Nick Nurse Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Refs
Nick Nurse's comments came after a loss by the Raptors against the Nuggets.

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Brandon Goodwin Re-Signs With Nuggets On Two-Way Contract
Goodwin was let go by the Nuggets last week after the team signed Nick Young.

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Nuggets Sign Nick Young, Waive Brandon Goodwin
Nick Young has remained unsigned after spending last season with the Warriors.

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Gary Harris Out 3-4 Weeks With Right Hip Injury
Gary Harris suffered the injury in last Monday's win over the Raptors.

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Paul Millsap Suffers Broken Toe
Paul Millsap played in just 38 games last season.

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Gary Harris Injures Groin, Set For MRI
Gary Harris is averaging 17.3 points in 33 minutes per game this season.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul Millsap Named NBA Players Of The Week
Paul Millsap averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Nuggets went 2-0.

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Nuggets Sign Brandon Goodwin Using Injury Hardship Exception
Brandon Goodwin has played in nine games with the Memphis Hustle this season, averaging 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.67 steals in 33.7 minutes per game.

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Nuggets Hire Sue Bird As Basketball Operation Associate
Sue Bird recently wrapped up her 16th season in the WNBA.

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Nikola Jokic Fined $25,000 For Derogatory Language In Interview
Nikola Jokic was discussing Wendell Carter Jr. to the media.

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Will Barton Out 5-6 Weeks With Adductor Injury
Will Barton was carted off the floor during Saturday's game.

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Nikola Jokic, Kemba Walker Named NBA Players Of The Week
Nikola Jokic averaged 26.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.67 steals and 1.00 blocks while helping the Nuggets start the season 3-0.

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Michael Malone Signs Extension With Nuggets
Michael Malone was set to enter the final season of his initial contract.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

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Nuggets Sign Donald Sloan To Camp Deal
The Nuggets already have 15 players on guaranteed deals.

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Xavier Silas Signs Camp Deal With Nuggets
Xavier Silas primarily played in the G League last season with the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Mark Price Joins Nuggets As Assistant Coach
Mark Price is known for his ability as a shooting instructor.

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RealGM Radio: David Locke, Adam Mares On The Northwest Division
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division

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