The life and times of JaVale McGee, told through memes

OK, so the title is a bit dramatic. This series does not span JaVale’s lifetime. It does not really span anything, in fact. It’s just three little memes I threw together on a quiet Tuesday evening because I knew the readers of RMC, like me, harbor a vast affinity for the artist currently known as JaVale. Anyways, take a look. Hopefully you like at least one of them. And yes, these were composed with tongue firmly in cheek.

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Green reaches agreement with Italy’s Siena, according to Yahoo!Sports.com

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports.com, Nuggets guard Erick Green has reached a one-year contract agreement with Italian team Siena, a “Euroleague power,” as Woj puts it. The article also points out how “Siena has a strong recent history of success with guards” and “has won seven consecutive Italian League championships.” The Nuggets will retain Green’s rights and will likely assess his future role with the team after the upcoming season concludes.

5-on-5: New front office appraisal

It’s been several months since the NBA’s reigning GM of the Year, Masai Ujiri, was inexplicably let go by the Nuggets and replaced with Tim Connelly. Since that time the Nuggets have made a variety of eyebrow-raising moves that have accented the most turbulent offseason in recent memory. Now, in light of the Nuggets’ recent completion of putting together a full 15-man roster under the new regime, our team at RMC will divulge our first impressions of Connelly and Co.’s transactions in our latest 5-on-5. As always, we encourage you voice your answers to the following questions in the comments section below.

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Where Nuggets players rank in two advanced statistical categories

Earlier today Joel posted this on his Twitter page and I thought it was quite interesting. Below is a graphic of where all current Nuggets players rank in player efficiency rating (PER) and win shares per 48 minutes played (WS/48). These are two of the more popular advanced statistical categories that aim to quantify just how valuable and productive a player is individually and with respect to his team. The following rankings might surprise you.

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BREAKING NEWS: Timofey Mozgov Agrees to Contract Extension With Nuggets

As first reported by Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Nuggets and center Timofey Mozgov have finally reached an agreement on a three year, $14 million contract extension. 

According to Wojnarowski sign-and-trades were talked about but the Nuggets and Mozgov finally came together on the terms of the deal and were able to get it done.

The deal will include a team option in the third year, a source said.

 An opportunity for Mozgov to play a significantly increased role with Denver opened because of a draft night deal that sent center Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies. Mozgov will play behind starting center JaVale McGee under new coach Brian Shaw.

 Several sign-and-trade scenarios were discussed over recent weeks, but Mozgov and the Nuggets were committed to re-partnering after getting closer on the terms of the deal in the past week, sources said.

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Spurs to sign and trade for Mozgov?

According to HoopsWorld.com, the San Antonio Spurs have taken a significant interest in Denver Nuggets free agent Timofey Mozgov and could potentially offer up a sign-and-trade deal to obtain him. This is obviously speculation for the most part; however, the Spurs are one of the few teams in the league who have a high success rate with their reclamation projects, so it’s not hard to see why they’d be interested in Mozgov. He certainly has the talent to play at the NBA level, so perhaps the Spurs feel they can act as the catalyst to usher him from third-string center to the glamorous position of Tiago Splitter’s backup. Stay tuned as details continue to emerge.

Overdue News: Nuggets hire Arturas Karnisovas as new assistant GM

While this news broke a while back, we’ve been late to publish it as Charlie was in the dead heat of doing an outstanding job covering the Nuggets’ summer league team in Las Veags when it broke. Most of you are probably aware of it by now anyways, so it feels a little awkward announcing it this way, but if you’re still in the dark then you’ve come to the right place. The Nuggets announced last week that former Houston Rockets director of player personnel Arturas Karnisovas has accepted the assistant GM position with Denver. Karnisovas has an interesting past and I just so happened to catch up with him last year while writing a story about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team which he proudly represented.

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Apologies from RMC

As many of you already know by now, RMC experienced some technical difficulties starting early Tuesday morning and extending through the afternoon. On behalf of all our writers I’d like to sincerely apologize for this occurrence. As a new owner of an ever-growing website I’m still working through a multitude of different issues. I’m getting more proficient in my ability to understand the technical side of blogging; however, I’m still far from where I need to be. We’ll continue to work through some issues as our site matures and hopefully by commencement of the upcoming season RMC will be better than ever before. Thank you for your patience.

– Kalen

Report: Nuggets to sign Nate Robinson

As first reported by Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post Nate Robinson has come to an agreement with the Denver Nuggets on a two year deal. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, it is shaping up to be for Denver’s bi-annual exception, which amounts to $4.03 million over two years with the second one being a player option.

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Stein: Nuggets in pursuit of Mike Miller

ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Denver Nuggets are targeting 33-year-old 3-point specialist Mike Miller, who entered the free agency market after being waived by the Miami Heat:

The Denver Nuggets have emerged as a new suitor at the forefront of the free-agent pursuit of Mike Miller, according to sources close to the process.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nuggets are now getting strong consideration from Miller along with the early frontrunners in the race to sign him: Oklahoma City and Memphis.

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Summer League Recap: Denver Nuggets 84 Memphis Grizzlies 91

Of the sixteen players on the Nuggets’ roster at the 2013 NBA Summer League, more than half have not had a chance to play meaningful minutes. A few of those players finally got a chance in Friday’s 91-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Denver’s fifth game in five days and their finale in Las Vegas. The Nuggets finished with a 1-5 record overall.
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Summer League Recap: Raptors end Nuggets’ tournament run

Summer league is an evaluation process more than anything else, and the Nuggets have used the last six days in the desert as an opportunity to see what they have with a young and talented roster. The Toronto Raptors also gave them a look at what they don’t have on Thursday afternoon, defeating the Nuggets 95-78 and knocking them out of tournament behind the strong play of MVP-favorite Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas has not only been the best player at the Las Vegas summer league, he’s blossoming into one of the more physically imposing seven-footers in the league. Denver meanwhile is evaluating a roster built largely around the slashing and perimeter shooting of their young guards and wings. They simply had no answer for the brute strength and post-centric game of Jonas Valanciunas, who put up a solid line of 15 points and 12 boards without much resistance from the undersized Nuggets.

It really didn’t seem there was much the Nuggets could do about the loss. Jordan Hamilton played well and scored 25 points, but shots weren’t falling and the Nuggets got outrebounded to death. The final tally on the boards was a staggering 48-28 in favor of Toronto. While Denver’s players fought hard and battled it seemed they were just met head-on by their own limitations.

Fatigue may have been a factor as well, with the Nuggets playing their fourth game in a row on consecutive nights. After six days of action, tired legs were showing up for nearly every summer league team but rookie Erick Green denied that it was a determining factor in the loss.

“I don’t think we’re wearing down. We’re just not doing the little things. Not getting back on D, not rebounding well. We’re taking too many threes and it’s the little things we’re not doing that are keeping us from winning” said Green.

Green has been really tough on himself in the summer league, probably a little too much considering this wasn’t a loss that can be attributed to poor execution or effort. The Nuggets simply ran out of gas against a huge team with perhaps the best player in the tournament.

The Nuggets aren’t yet finished with summer league, but it’s essentially winding down and the competitive portion is pretty much in the books. Coaches told me they would use Denver’s final game in the consolation round as an opportunity to play different guys who haven’t seen much court time in the first five games.

The Nuggets final game of summer league will be played Friday at 6:30pm MST against Memphis in the Thomas & Mack Arena.

Summer League Recap: Nuggets advance to second round

Playoff atmosphere?

Maybe not, but the intensity on display Wednesday was certainly something different from what we’ve seen in the summer league so far. The Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 87-82 in their first “playoff” game in Las Vegas, advancing to the round of 16 in the tournament with their first win in four tries.
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Summer League Recap: Wizards annihilate Nuggets

The preliminary round of summer league concluded on Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors clinching a top seed and first-round bye in the upcoming tournament. On the other end of the spectrum were the Denver Nuggets, who went into the evening ranked dead last in the seeding and further cemented themselves there after getting thrashed by the Washington Wizards.
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Summer League Recap: Chicago Bulls 93 Denver Nuggets 81

The Denver Nuggets fell to 0-2 in summer league play Monday night, losing again by double digits while struggling to find their footing on defense.

Inconsistency is the universal given in summer league, and right now the Nuggets look like an inexperienced team facing too much of it from every direction. Progress was on display on the offensive end, where the Nuggets had more success shooting the ball and creating off the dribble, but much of that was negated by their inability to guard the pick and roll or string together more than a couple possessions of mistake-free defense.

Denver’s small army of summer league coaches was active on Tuesday night, getting a lot of one-on-one time with individual players after frequent breakdowns on both ends of the floor. I found myself lamenting how difficult it must be to stay focused while having a gang of grown men yelling at you after every possession, but ultimately that’s what summer league is all about. It’s a format where coaches are going to live with those mistakes and start the process of creating the right kind of habits.

Once again, it was another sloppy game that didn’t tell us much we didn’t already know. Evan Fournier has looked like a bonafide NBA player while everyone else… hasn’t. Luke Harangody’s reckless all-out effort has been fun, but none of Denver’s bigs have looked passable on defense and outside of Evan, none of the guards have managed to stand out yet either.

I got my first chance to speak with players and coaches after the game and here’s a few storylines to keep an eye on heading into the tournament portion of summer league, which starts on Wednesday.

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