With the start of the 2011-12 NBA season less than a week away and Afflalo still not re-signed, Nuggets fans everywhere are beginning to wonder what exactly is going on behind closed doors. Is Nuggets’ management asking for too little? Is Afflalo fielding offers from other teams? What kind of contract stipulations, if any, are being discussed? These are questions only a select few in the upper echelon of the Nuggets organization know the answer to, and unfortunately for us, they’re not telling. Until the day comes when these mysterious answers are revealed, there’s not much going on in Nuggets Nation.
On Friday the Denver Nuggets kicked of the 2011-12 season with a free-to-the-public team exhibition. The crowd was lively, the players were energetic and at the sound of the final buzzer only one point separated the two squads. Here are some first impressions from a fun-filled night. (more…)
Yesterday my wonderful colleague Jeremy detailed the Nuggets 2011-12 season outlook in a post titled, How Good Can the Denver Nuggets Be? In it he expressed his concern over how this year’s team would play without a “chip” on its shoulder, without enough good defensive players in addition to how the Nuggets would be affected by losing Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler to the Chinese Basketball Association. In the end Jeremy stated, “For Nuggets fans who could not stomach the thought of rebuilding, you got your wish. They will be a playoff team for the foreseeable future, but I fear that is all they will be.” Though this may be true, I’m here to tell you why that may not be such a bad thing after all. (more…)
How good are the 2011-12 Denver Nuggets? Now that the opening night roster is largely in place, Arron Afflalo is not officially signed, but I anticipate he will be in the next few days, we know what Denver has to work with.
Earlier today we Kalen, Charlie and myself made some high level projections in our second 3-on-3 installment as to how good Denver will be this season. As I am wont to do, I would like to delve into the roster with a little more depth as we attempt to determine what should be expected of this team.
It is Northwest Division chat day on ESPN.com Daily Dime Live! The RMC crew will be answering your questions at noon mountain time. But you do not just have to hang out for the Nuggets segment, see what is new and hip with all the Nuggets’ division rivals. Everything kicks off at 11:00 AM mountain with Spencer from Salt City Hoops talking about the Utah Jazz.
We look for ward to chatting with all our great readers!
In our second installment of the 3-on-3 series we’ll be examining Nene’s impact on the future of the Nuggets organization now that he has re-signed. Tom Ley, author of our recent Fan Mail feature on J.R. Smith, is back again after being the quickest to respond on Twitter to our request for someone to participate in this week’s 3-on-3. If you want to participate next time be sure and follow all of us on Twitter! And as always, don’t be shy to participate by giving your personal responses to the following questions in the comments section below! (more…)
Well Nuggets fans, you wanted activity, how did today treat you? In addition to adding Rudy Fernandez, Corey Brewer and DeMarre Carroll today, Denver has reportedly reached an agreement with Nene on a five year, $67 million contract. The fifth year apparently was a key to sealing the deal as the average salary is well shy of what was available to him from other teams.
According to Marc Stein, who has been all over Nuggets rumors today, Nene has re-signed with the Nuggets for five years at at least $67 million.
I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this is right now. Like it or not, Nene deserved this type of money. He has showed great loyalty to this organization and I’m glad to see he’s been handsomely rewarded yet again. If the Nuggets are now able to re-sign Afflalo, they will have had the best off-season of any team in the NBA by my estimation.
HoopsHype’s Raul Barrigon is reporting the Nuggets are leaning towards matching the Raptors contract offer for Gary Forbes. Meanwhile, Anthony Carter, who recently chose Toronto over Denver as his next one-year destination is petitioning for the Nuggets not to match. Maybe next time he asks to use our practice gym post-lockout, we’ll just slam the door in his face. (more…)
The free agency big man logjam is starting to clear out a bit, but four days into the signing period, we still do not know where Nene will be playing this year. However, fellow centers Tyson Chandler (four years, $56 million), Marc Gasol (four years, $58 million) and DeAndre Jordan (four years, $42.7 million) have completed deals and the market value for Nene is becoming apparent.
According to CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger, the Nuggets are awaiting word from Nene on whether he’ll accept New Jersey’s contract offer or re-sign with Denver. Additionally, Berger is reporting that Marreese Speights continues to be of interest to the Nuggets regardless of where Nene ends up. Philadelphia 76ers beat writer, Kate Fagan, insists that the Nuggets are “definitely in the mix” for Speights.
According to David Aldridge of NBA.com the Nuggets have explored the possibility of sending a second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for 6-10 center, Marreese Speights. The deal is currently on hold until Denver further understands the future of Nene, but chances are that should he not return, seeing Speights in a Nuggets uniform is highly likely. Stay tuned as more information continues to proliferate.
For fans looking at sites like Hoops Hype that show the Denver Nuggets with nearly $30 million in cap space and wondering why on earth Denver is not making plays for some of the big names on the free agent market I have two words for you.
Personally I had not factored the various cap holds oppressing the Nuggets until I noticed that John Hollinger, in his piece analyzing the free agent signings on Saturday, noted that Denver signed Luc Richard Mbah a Moute using their mid-level exception. The mid-level exception is for teams over the cap. How can Denver use it when they are so far under the salary cap? It is due to the immense power of the cap hold.
After Stone signed a two-year deal with the Nuggets last night, I reached out to MinerRush.com’s Adrian Macias, to get his thoughts on the all-conference standout. Here is what he had to say:
Julyan Stone first entered the radar of most NBA GM’s and fans when he turned some heads at the Portsmouth Invitational. But Miner fans have known Julyan was a special player since he earned the starting point guard spot at UTEP as a freshman. Even then, we could recognize that Julyan was a very gifted ball handler and distributor. Julyan is undoubtedly a “pass-first” point guard who doesn’t care if he gets a shot in a game as long as the offense is being run in a functional manner. On the floor he is perhaps the most unselfish player UTEP has ever seen.
When Tony Barbee was the head coach at UTEP, Julyan ran the dribble-drive offense perfectly. He knew the strength of that offense was to find ways to allow UTEP’s slashing guards, like Randy Culpepper, to attack the rim. When Tim Floyd came to El Paso, Stone recognized that UTEP needed his 6-6 frame inside. So, defensively, Julyan moved down to the block and was usually matched up against an opposing team’s best low post scorer. Julyan adjusted his game, worked on his interior defense, and ended up leading UTEP with 7.5 rebounds per game as a senior.
Julyan was never known as a great outside shooter. He would have hot streaks — and cold ones — but understand that while his offensive stats might not jump off the page, he was never asked or expected to be a scorer. While the system he played in may have limited his offensive growth, he will definitely have to become a more consistent shooter in order to succeed at the next level.
Athletically however, he has all the tools to succeed in the NBA. He can use his length to compensate defensively against quicker guards and runs the floor with the best of them. If a team wants an unselfish point guard who thrives on running an offense and finding the open man, they would be fortunate to land Julyan Stone.
Additionally, Dan Barton of the IMG Basketball Academy — where Stone has been training the last six months for the draft and free agency — also reached out to us and offered up this video that features Stone and an in-depth examination of what the Academy is all about. From the looks of it, Stone was in great hands and Nuggets fans should be all the more excited to see him in action after witnessing the type of dedication and hard work put in by those under Barton’s watch.
For those that followed our last installment yesterday, this is more of the same. News and commentary updated here as it comes out. Feel free to follow Jeremy, Kalen and Charlie on twitter to find out when we post an update. Not to get anyone’s hopes up but rumors are out that more decisions are expected today, particularly in the case of Nene to the New Jersey Nets.