Nene forces Nuggets to take option of insecurity

Thursday, the deadline for Nene to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets officially expired and no deal was reached. Though Masai Ujiri and the rest of Nuggets’ management feverishly attempted to cajole Nene into guaranteeing his services to the Nuggets organization for another handful of years similar to the deal he struck back in 2006, apparently Nene was not moved. Many believe this places the Nuggets in a somewhat precarious trench sandwiched between the grounds of stability and a total rebuilding of the franchise — at least until a new collective bargaining agreement is realized — but is it possible that this maxim is nothing more than an ostensible notion? Could the Nuggets be just fine without Nene’s services? Or will losing Nene force the Nuggets to officially re-build? Most importantly, by forgoing the opportunity to extend his career with the Nuggets, what exactly did Nene say? (more…)

Prospecting: examining the riches

On Thursday, the Denver Nuggets had what most consider to be a fantastic night. Landing long-time fan-favorite prospect Kenneth Faried was one thing, but landing him in addition to Jordan Hamilton — one of the most highly rated prospects in the entire draft — was a whole different story.   (more…)

Dreams really do come true; Nuggets land Faried, Hamilton in 2011 NBA Draft

In Roundball’s recent Denver Nuggets’ Big Board 2.0 I stated, “If Faried does however manage to find his way past the Trailblazers, to put it simply: Nuggets fans should be ecstatic.” Little did I know however, that “ecstatic” wouldn’t even begin to cover the range of emotions I felt as David Stern announced Faried’s name as the Nuggets’ 22nd overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Nuggets select Faried, my life is now complete [UPDATED]

Words can’t even begin to describe how I feel right now. I’ll have a more detailed post up later tonight but for now Nuggets fans, just appriciate Masai. He’s… ugh… he’s brilliant. This is so gratifying, knowing Faried has been Roundball’s guy since Day 1, and for this moment to finally come to fruition — it’s unbelievable. By the way, we traded Felton to the Blazers for Andre Miller and in the process we got the 26th pick in the Draft from Dallas. This is heaven.

Andy Katz has just reported that the 26th pick, which ended up being Jordan Hamilton, will actually go to the Blazers for Rudy Fernandez. If this is true, then what exactly did Denver get by trading Felton? The only thing I can think of is maybe part  of the deal was the Blazers had to pass on Faried so that we could have him.

[SUPER UPDATE] This via Benjamin Hochman via Twitter:

from what i’ve been told – dal trades hamilton to por for rudy f. then, por includes hamilton, with andre miller, to den for felton

This makes much more sense when you think about it. Felton carries way more value than Miller, so it only seems right that we get something back in return.

[SUPER-DUPER UPDATE]

Again, Hochman via Twitter:

two sources have now confirmed to me that YES, the #Nuggets get Hamilton.

Nuggets Draft Kenneth Faried, Hopefully to Keep Him

The Denver Nuggets have drafted Kenneth Faried, the rebounding force of nature from Morehead State.  The also traded Raymond Felton to the Portland Trail Blazers at roughly the same time.  There were some reports that the Nuggets were swapping picks with the Blazers as part of the deal which would mean that the Nuggets would receive Nolan Smith, PG out of Duke and Faried would go to the Blazers.

However, it does appear the Nuggets will be Keeping Faried and they have also acquired the 26th pick from the Mavericks.

The question is did they acquire Andre Miller as a money saving option thanks to the team option, to play him along with Ty Lawson or to move his non-guaranteed deal for something else?

Stay tuned for more details.

Final Big Board, Kalen on ESPN & Nuggets being agressive in shopping Felton [UPDATED]

With the 2011 NBA Draft only hours away, things are starting to heat up, as the Nuggets have reportedly increased its desire to trade Felton for a top 10 pick. (more…)

TrueHoop Network Mock Draft

We are taking part in the 2011 TrueHoop Network Mock Draft.  Here are the selections through the first 21 picks:

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Lakers, Kings showing California love? [UPDATED]

For months, Denver Nuggets fans have pondered over a wide variety of  trade scenarios involving Raymond Felton, and in nearly every one it seems a different NBA team is involved. Up until this point, all of those dreamy trade concoctions were nothing more than fun, time-killing fabrications. But now, for the first time since obtaining Felton from the Knicks, the Nuggets have two teams that have gone public in expressing their interest in our current backup point guard: the Lakers and Kings. (more…)

Denver Nuggets Big Board 2.0

With the NBA Draft now less than a week away, it’s time Roundball Mining Co. unveils it’s top ten prospects, ranked in order, from the one guy fans should be dying to get, to just a flat-out solid prospect. Factors included in determining the player-rankings were mostly size, potential, athleticism and overall skill level. Keep in mind, all the players codified in this post are ones that will likely be available when the Nuggets select at No. 22. You won’t find Bismack Biyombo on this list, because 21 NBA teams are smarter than to pass up on a guy that talented, even if he is 24-years-old. So, without further ado, I give you the official Denver Nuggets Big Board 2.0! (more…)

Prospecting: In search of a more “content” Felton in the NBA Draft

In the upcoming Draft, the Denver Nuggets will likely steer towards selecting the best player available at No. 22, with small forward being the exception due to the current bounty already on the roster (Gallinari, Chandler & Harrington). Exercising this strategy means putting the franchise at risk of potentially taking a player who doesn’t necessarily fit a position of need. With Ty Lawson appearing to be the perpetual starting point guard of the Nuggets for years to come and Raymond Felton still on the roster (nominally, at least), the demand for another point guard isn’t quite a Mile High right now in Denver. But what happens if the best player available at No. 22 just-so-happens to be a point guard? Do we take that player and groom him into a back-up behind Lawson, who similarly played this exact role behind Billups? Or do forgo this opportunity in order to address a more pressing position of need? It’s tough to say, but just in case this situation plays out on draft night, Roundball has you covered as to which players might pose this conundrum, and which — if any — are worthy of selecting. (more…)

Should he stay or should he go: Raymond Felton

In case you missed our initial should he stay or should he go posts you can catch up by reading the debate on J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler. (more…)

Nuggets Draft Tweets

Ryan Feldman of The Hoops Report: “Source at Nuggets draft workout on Wednesday told me Iman Shumpert showed off his crazy athleticism and nice mid-range jumper.”

Also from Feldman: “Source at Nuggets draft workout on Wednesday also said Vucevic was more impressive than Jordan Williams, and Malcolm Thomas did really well.”

Vic Lombardi : “why the Nuggets have no interest in The Jimmer. None…still waiting on reason—->a certain coach doesn’t like his game”

My take: Shumpert is gaining some momentum with Nuggets fans as a popular J.R. replacement, and this showing should benefit his case. He tested out as basically the most athletic guy at the Combine and will likely rely on his supreme physical talent to up his draft stock. At a little over 6-foot-4 with a giant 6-foot-10 wingspan and incredible leaping ability, Shumpert will likely play the role of a combo guard his first few years in the league until he firmly establishes a position he feels comfortable with.

Vucevic, if you remember, was a guy I recently ranked 5th on the Nuggets Big Board but because of the similar traits to a Nugget already under contract — Timofey Mozgov — I stated that we should probably consider other prospects instead. Well, maybe I was wrong, as it appears he has continued his hot streak of performances under the watchful eye of NBA talent evaluators. It’s nice to know our front office is examining big men, as its a need we certainly should address in some form over the off season, whether it be through the Draft or free agency. The fact that Vucevic outperformed Williams is not a surprise, because keep in mind, this is the same guy who some scouts felt outperformed projected top-five pick, Enes Kanter, recently at the Combine.

The Jimmer quote just makes my head hurt to be honest. I’m not a fan of coaches interfering with the job general managers and scouts do. I think coaches often times have motives behind their evaluations where as scouts and general managers simply evaluate talent. Though I’d agree that Jimmer wouldn’t be the ideal pick at 22 (he’ll be gone before then anyways so it doesn’t really matter), I also don’t think we should bend our considerations based on what coach Karl thinks of him. Last I checked, this was the same coach Karl that vetoed a Linas Kleiza for David Lee trade a few years back. Just sayin’.