Denver Nuggets WiretapAugust 2012 Denver Nuggets Wiretap

Celtics, Spurs, Lakers, Warriors, Jazz Rated As Having Best Uniforms By Uni Watch

Aug 24, 2012 10:52 AM

Paul Lukas of Uni Watch ranks the uniforms of all 30 NBA teams, with the Celtics coming in first.

"The Rolling Stones, "Goodfellas," a Hershey's with almonds -- the classics are classic for a reason," writes Lukas about the Celtics. "That definitely applies to the Celtics' set. No goofy side panels, no extraneous bells or whistles -- just a perfect, vertically arched wordmark and a simple green-and-white color scheme. They rank atop this list despite sometimes wearing that black-trimmed alternate."

The Spurs, Lakers, Warriors and Jazz comprise the remainder of the top-five.

"The Raiders aren't the only team that knows how to wear silver and black," writes Lukas in regards to the Spurs. "In addition to the killer colors, the Spurs are also among the few NBA teams that have successfully incorporated a graphic image into their chest typography -- a small element that goes a long way."

6. Wizards
7. Thunder
8. Heat
9. Knicks
10. Blazers
11. Pistons
12. Pacers
13. Bulls
14. 76ers
15. Hornets
16. Suns
17. Grizzlies
18. Nuggets
19. Rockets
20. Hawks
21. Raptors
22. Bucks
23. Cavaliers
24. Mavericks
25. Clippers
26. Bobcats
27. Magic 
28. Wolves
29. Nets (based on last year's set)
30. Kings 

Paul Lukas/ESPN

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Iguodala Seeks Extension With Nuggets

Aug 16, 2012 9:59 PM

Andre Iguodala is looking to sign a contract extension with the Nuggets.

"We weren't coming into this thinking this will be a one-year deal," Iguodala said. "... This is definitely a place that I can see myself for more than just a year or two."

Iguodala, under contract for 2012-13 with a player option for 2013-14, sought out Carmelo Anthony while in London to ask him about Denver and coach George Karl.

"He said I would be a perfect fit for Coach Karl. We two would really gel together," Iguodala recounted.

"It's the nature of basketball sometimes, every player and coach are going to have run-ins. George Karl made him a better player and Melo made him a better coach. He had nothing but good things to say about Coach Karl. Seattle was my favorite team growing up so I know a little bit about Coach Karl and his history. He's one of the best coaches in the game, well-respected by much of his peers and much of his players."

Arnie Stapleton/Associated Press

Tags: Andre Iguodala, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Iguodala Expects To Fit In Well With Nuggets

Aug 14, 2012 9:50 PM

Andre Iguodala believes he’ll be a good fit with the Nuggets.

“I think my strengths as a player fit in very well with Coach (George) Karl's system and the way he likes to play,” Iguodala said. “I like a more up-tempo game, and I know this team gets up and down the floor being among the league leaders in scoring and possessions per game last year."

Denver traded Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington for Iguodala.

"To get a player like that, you obviously have to give up a lot,” team president Josh Kroenke said. “We lost two leaders in Arron and Al, but we feel good headed into the season and added a dimension that’s rare in basketball – an All-Star who can do a little bit of everything and doesn’t need to get you 30 points to win.

“He just represented his country alongside other elite NBA players and brought home a gold medal. Andre is unquestionably a huge addition to our team."

Aaron J. Lopez/Nuggets.com

Tags: Andre Iguodala, Denver Nuggets, NBA

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Dwight Howard Traded To Lakers

Aug 10, 2012 2:07 PM

The Magic have finally traded Dwight Howard.

Orlando has acquired Aaron Afflalo and Al Harrington from Denver, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic from Philadelphia, as well as Josh McRoberts and Christian Eyenga from the Los Angeles Lakers.

In addition, the Magic have also acquired five additional draft picks over the next five years. Orlando receives: a second round pick from Denver in 2013, a first round pick from either Denver or New York in 2014, a conditional first round pick from Philadelphia and a conditional second round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2015, and a conditional first round pick from the L.A. Lakers in 2017.

The Magic traded Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark to the Lakers, while sending Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. As part of the deal, Philadelphia has acquired Andrew Bynum, while Denver has acquired Andre Iguodala.

“A primary goal for our basketball team is to achieve sustainability while maintaining a long-term vision. We feel this deal puts us in a position to begin building in that direction,” said Magic GM Rob Hennigan. “In addition to the six players joining our team, we will be in a position to maximize our salary cap flexibility in the near future, as well as utilize the multiple draft picks we have acquired going forward.”

“Dwight Howard accomplished tremendous success on and off the court during his eight years in Orlando,” said Hennigan. “We wish him, Chris (Duhon), Earl (Clark) and Jason (Richardson) all the best in the future.”

“We’d like to thank Andrew for all he’s done for the team and the organization,” said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. “Andrew has been with us since we drafted him at seventeen years old and over the last seven years we have watched him develop into an All-Star player who has helped the team win two NBA Championships. He’s a special talent with a bright future. We appreciate all of his contributions and wish him well for the remainder of his career.”

“It’s not often you get the opportunity to improve your team by adding an All-Star player like Andre Iguodala,” said Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri said. “He’s an Olympian, a great defender and a great all-around player. We think he fits in really well with the type of system coach George Karl runs and the team we have here in Denver.”

"I’m excited to be heading to Denver,” Iguodala said. “I have a great relationship with (team president) Josh Kroenke, and I really respect what he and Masai have built with the Nuggets. They’re a great young team with an excellent coaching staff, led by Coach Karl. I also feel like I will really complement their system and roster, both offensively and defensively."

"We are very excited to welcome Andrew Bynum, one of the league's best, young centers, and Jason Richardson, a proven, respected veteran, to the Philadelphia 76ers," said Managing Owner Josh Harris. "As we stated from the outset, our ownership group is committed to exploring every option available to us in order to improve our team. This trade is the culmination of a very active off-season, one that we believe positions the Sixers for success this season and for many years to come."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Andre Iguodala, Arron Afflalo, Jason Richardson, Nikola Vucevic, Al Harrington, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, Maurice Harkless, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Official Trade, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Officially Traded To Lakers

Aug 10, 2012 1:15 PM

Dwight Howard has been traded to the Lakers following the completion of an official trade call with the NBA league office.

The reported deal will send Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the Sixers, while the Magic would receive at least Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a first round pick from each of the other teams along with the Warriors' second round pick in 2013 via Denver.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Official Trade, NBA Misc Rumor

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Afflalo Pleased About Trade To Magic

Aug 10, 2012 10:45 AM

Aaron Afflalo responded with enthusiasm at the likelihood of playing in Orlando.

Denver has reportedly agreed to send Afflalo and Al Harrington to the Magic as part of a complicated four team trade.

“Yeah, I'm happy,” Afflalo said. “I just wanted to thank the Denver organization, the teammates that you play with, the fans, but I think it's a great opportunity there in Orlando from a player standpoint. With the coaching change and the management change, I think it's a great time to be a part of the organization.”

Afflalo expects to have a bigger role with the Magic next season.

“Of course,” Afflalo said. “I plan on being the best player I can be, period. I'd love to continue to grow as a person and as a player offensively and defensively. Personally I don't think there's a better place to do it at this time than Orlando.”

Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

Tags: Arron Afflalo, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard To Lakers In Four-Team Trade

Aug 9, 2012 10:04 PM

The Lakers are set to acquire Dwight Howard in a four-team trade involving the Magic, Nuggets and Sixers.

A source tells Marc Stein that a trade call has been scheduled with the NBA league office for Friday morning.

The reported deal would send Howard, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the Sixers, while the Magic would receive at least Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a first round pick from each of the other teams along with the Warriors' second round pick in 2013 via Denver.

David Aldridge reports that the future picks the Magic receive are Philadelphia's own selection with protection, the lower of Denver's two picks as they also own the Knicks' first rounder in 2014 and the Lakers' first round pick in 2017.

It was reported earlier on Thursday that Pau Gasol would be included in a trade, but sources indicate that he will remain with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/ESPN (via Twitter)

Tags: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Arron Afflalo, Maurice Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Jason Richardson, Andre Iguodala, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Source: Magic Still Prefer Rockets' Proposal For Howard

Aug 9, 2012 7:27 PM

In addition to their four-team trade talks with the Lakers, Sixers and Nuggets, the Magic remain engaged with the Rockets in trade talks for Dwight Howard.

Houston's most recent proposal would be preferable to Orlando than the four-team proposal that would include Pau Gasol, Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic, according to a source.

Alex Martins told Sports Illustrated in an interview on Tuesday that the Magic know the type of return they are seeking for Howard and will remain patient.

"We have very specific goals as to what we would hope to achieve if we were to trade Dwight, OK?" said Martins. "We acknowledge and are realistic about the fact that you're never going to get equal value in return for Dwight Howard. But if we were to trade him, we have three primary goals that we're trying to achieve and in the end, any deal that's proposed to us I think we've been very clear about the fact about the goals of what we're trying to achieve.

"We have never delineated from that. Some may think that we have, but we have not. Clearly, when we find the right combination of pieces that we're looking for in return, that will determine whether we make a deal or not."

Sam Amick/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Dwight Howard, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lakers, Magic Talking Dwight Howard Trade With Nuggets, Sixers

Aug 9, 2012 12:43 PM

The Lakers and Magic are again discussing a trade involving Dwight Howard, according to sources.

The two teams are also involving the 76ers and Nuggets in trade talks. Talks have been ongoing for several days and are substantive even though no agrement is close.

The deal would send Howard and Al Harrington to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Andrew Bynum to the Sixers, while the Magic would receive Pau Gasol, Arron Afflalo and Nikola Vucevic.

Orlando could trade Gasol in a future trade to receive additional assets, whereas the team runs the risk of losing Bynum in free agency in 2013.

The Magic would also acquire draft picks and cap relief.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reports that a deal is close and could be agreed upon on Friday, while Marc Stein indicates a trade call has been scheduled with the league office for Friday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol, Andre Iguodala, Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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