Nuggets active in Wolves-Blazers trade talks?

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities is reporting the Denver Nuggets have been involved in trade discussions with the Portland Blazers and Minnesota Timberwovles with the possible intent of dealing Wilson Chandler. Portland notified Minnesota of a list of players they’d like to receive for free agent Nicolas Batum and on that list was a member of the Denver Nuggets. Portland general manager Neil Olshey reportedly “made it clear he was looking for a wing-type/small forward or center.” Perhaps a three way trade with Chandler going to Portland, Bautm to Minnesota and Derrick Williams coming back to Denver was in the cards? Whether discussions between the three teams are continuing is unknown.

Stone out five months

As is being reported by Charlie (yes, our Charlie), Julyan Stone will be sidelined for five months due to a labral hip tear — the same injury Wilson Chandler is currently recovering from. Not much else is known at this point in time. Stay tuned for more updates as Charlie has the inside scoop on this particular story straight from the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Denver Nuggets Reportedly Mulling Using Amnesty on Chris Andersen

Chris Andersen, Al Harrington, Timofey Mozgov, Ty Lawson.

That is the list of players on which the Denver Nuggets can use the amnesty provision from the current CBA.  In order to be eligible to be amnestied, a player’s current contract must have been agreed to and signed prior to the ratification of the CBA.

Looking at the names above I think we can safely remove Ty Lawson from consideration and Timofey Mozgov is in the last year of a very reasonable contract that will pay him $3,140,429.  His contract was only partially guaranteed through June 30 so if the Nuggets were looking to part ways with him, that would have been the time to do it as it would have actually save them money.

That brings us to our final two contestants.

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Complete Interview with David Thorpe

For those of you who are interested, which should be all of you, you can listen to Charlie’s complete interview with David Thorpe from Las Vegas where they discuss not only Chu Chu, but also Evan Fournier and the Nuggets as a whole.

David Thorpe Interview – 07/16/2012

Nuggets have a plan for Chukwudiebere Maduabum

As the Nuggets walked off the floor following their first Summer League game In Las Vegas, few players were more bothered by the loss than Chukwudiebere Maduabum, the only member of Denver’s roster who didn’t enter the game.

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2012 Summer League Game 2: Denver Nuggets 77 Dallas Mavericks 88

I honestly didn’t know it was possible for a team to record just one fast break point in an entire game.

You learn something new every day. The summer league is a pretty loose interpretation of NBA basketball, but these are still real Nuggets coaches, real Nuggets players and (some) real NBA caliber talent competing in a professional setting.

The Nuggets’ performance on Sunday was offensive for all the wrong reasons. They shot 31.1% against the Mavs, recorded just 11 assists against 17 turnovers, and somehow managed the aforementioned one fast break point. Baskets are still worth two points in the summer league, but apparently the Nuggets didn’t manage to attempt a single shot on the fast break in 40 minutes of action.

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2012 Summer League Game 1: Denver Nuggets 74 Golden State Warriors 95

Summer league is all about experimentation. In a setting where wins and losses aren’t exactly of the utmost importance, coaches are using the opportunity to throw a bunch of darts at the wall in order to see what sticks.  While the results are a mixed bag that typically don’t lead you to any concrete conclusions, they’re often more interesting than the final score of the actual games.

That’s the way I feel about the Nuggets summer league opener against Golden State, which ended up turning into a blowout loss. While it certainly wasn’t fun seeing the Nuggets get throttled in a game they badly wanted to win, the entire team competed and there was plenty of individual growth that will help this Nuggets team evaluate how to get the most out of the summer league experience going forward.

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A few good tweets

It is very tiresome keeping up with free agency. There is only so much analysis that can be relayed. These tweets speak for themselves.

Yannis Koutroupis (HoopsWorld.com):

Denver GM Masai Ujiri provides update on JaVale McGee. Negotiations going positively. They’re not looking elsewhere and neither is JaVale.

JaVale will be in Las Vegas within the next few days, deal could be completed shortly after.

Chris Dempsey (Denver Post):

#Nuggets G Ty Lawson says he’s optimistic his extension will be done in ‘the next month or two.’

 

Nuggets offer McGee $50 million over five years

According to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, the Denver Nuggets have a five-year $50 million contract on the table for JaVale McGee; however McGee’s representatives “don’t appear to be in a hurry to get a deal done and will continue to negotiate.”

Remember when I said the number to watch was 10? It appears as though rather than going over or under that figure, the Nuggets have decided to try and settle right on it. Whether McGee is willing to do the same is still up in the air.

The fact McGee and his representatives are continuing to negotiate with this much money there for the taking is a bit unsettling from a fan’s standpoint. Although other centers have been grossly overpayed this summer, the ones who’ve cashed in for greater than $50 million (i.e. Hibbert and Lopez) are much better than McGee at this point in their careers. McGee isn’t worth more than $10 million per year. But if his team is set on exceeding this mark, there’s a decent chance they’ll be able to reach that goal. The Nuggets would then face the difficult dilemma of whether to match a bloated contract or watch an incredibly gifted, 7-foot center walk out the door for nothing.

Andre Miller: $15 million man?

On July 5, ESPN.com’s John Hollinger reported Andre Miller’s new contract with the Nuggets would run roughly $5 million per year, with the third and final year being partially guaranteed. Now Matt Steinmetz, a CSNBayArea.com contributor and Bay Area radio personality, is corroborating Hollinger’s initial announcement with an exact number. Steinmetz is reporting Miller’s contract will run $14.6 million over three years. Whether the final year is partially guaranteed has yet to be officially confirmed. It had previously been suspected that Miller would sign a deal close to $9 million over a three-year span.

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The Denver Nuggets sign Evan Fournier – What does it mean?

The Denver Nuggets have agreed to terms with Evan Fournier whom they selected with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  Following the draft Masai Ujiri spoke of how the Fournier appealed to the Nuggets as a player they could stash overseas for a year or two.  The fact that they signed him brings a few interesting things to light.

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JaVale McGee – To Pay or Not to Pay, That is the Question

In the summer of 1996 Dikembe Mutombo was a free agent.  Dikembe was the best player on the Nuggets, but the Atlanta Hawks offered him a sizeable contract.  Bernie Bickerstaff was faced with a decision.  Pay Dikembe more than he felt he was worth, or let the cornerstone of the franchise walk.

Bernie decided that it was not wise to pay Dikembe and Mutombo became a member of the Atlanta Hawks.  The rest is history.  Dikembe won three of the next five defensive player of the year awards and helped lead the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001 while the Nuggets crumbled into obscurity.

Clearly Bickerstaff chose poorly.  Mutombo was easily worth the money that he was offered.  Even so, Bernie may have actually been ahead of his time.  One of the keys to managing a team in the luxury tax era is recognizing when to say, “uncle” over a player’s salary.

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Nuggets on verge of re-signing McGee? [Updated]

With free agents now officially allowed to sign with NBA teams, SI.com’s Sam Amick is reporting talks with JaVale McGee “are progressing and all signs point to his Nuggets tenure continuing.” This is obviously a fluid situation so stay tuned for more details; nevertheless, early indications appear promising.

Update 9:33 AM Mountain – Benjamin Hochman is reporting McGee’s salary could average $10 million annually over the life of the deal.

 

 

Breaking down the 2012 Summer League roster

Earlier today the Nuggets announced the 13 players Chad Iske will coach in the Las Vegas summer league next week. Nuggets fans should be pleased to know that every one of Denver’s draft picks from the last two seasons will be in attendance, only further proving that Masai and Josh are building an organization that values long-term player development. I’ll be heading out to Las Vegas this weekend to do some up close coverage of Summer League for Roundball Mining Company, and before our in-depth analysis gets rolling here’s a little bit of background on what we know about each of the prospects right now.

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Denver Nuggets Announce Summer League Roster

The Denver Nuggets have announced their summer league roster and it is complete with everyone Nuggets fans will want to watch.

Veterans Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone are joined by all three draft picks, Evan Fournier, Quincy Miller and Izzet Turkyilmaz as well as last summer’s second round selection Chu Chu Maduabum.  I was dead wrong in my assessment that Fournier would not be on the roster due to the fact that he is still under contract with his French team.

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