Hickson suspended five games for drug use

Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post is reporting Nuggets’ forward J.J. Hickson will be suspended the first five games of the upcoming NBA season for violating the NBA’s drug policy. According to USAToday.com the suspension is likely a result of a third failed marijuana test.

Why this seems so not unusual and predestined from the moment Hickson signed with the Nuggets a few years back is beyond my understanding, but it does, and it has finally happened, and it likely won’t affect the outcome of any Nuggets game which he is absent from, and we will all forget about this in a few days.

Please leave all Cheech and Chong, Colorado and Whizzinator-themed jokes below. Thanks.

Lawson clowns Harden’s defense – can he back it up?

Ty Lawson put the smackdown on James Harden via his Instagram feed last week, and to date, Harden has made no response. Smells like Lawson may be on to something.

Plenty of players in the NBA get by on lackluster defense. This article posted on House of Houston comments on Harden’s defense, but also notes Nuggets great Alex English as one of those players lacking on the defensive side. (more…)

Faried is doing his thing at the World Cup and that’s good for the Nuggets

As some of you may have noticed, the FIBA World Cup is currently in full swing in Spain, and Team USA has, at the time of this writing, won its first four games. Apart from a subpar first half against Turkey, the US has rolled relatively pain-free through these games, despite having lost a lot of big names in the build-up to the tournament.

One player who has particularly benefited from players like Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin bowing out of this summer’s USA squad is the Denver Nuggets’ very own Kenneth Faried. Originally predicted to be an outsider for the 12-man selection, he became all but a lock for the team once the biggest stars started dropping out of the squad, each for their own reasons.

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Cavs zealous for Moz: Three reasons why the Nuggets should oblige

The guy the Cavs are trying to trade for is Tim[ofey] Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets. He played with David [Blatt] with the Russian national team. (…) They have been trying to trade for him for the last six, eight weeks. – See more at: http://hoopshype.com/rumors/tag/denver_nuggets#sthash.JXQ9HU5P.dpuf

On Tuesday, longtime LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers reporter Brian Windhorst made an appearance on ESPN Cleveland radio and dropped the following Nuggets-related tidbit:

The guy the Cavs are trying to trade for is Tim[ofey] Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets. He played with David [Blatt] with the Russian national team… They have been trying to trade for him for the last six, eight weeks… That’s the guy they want to get their hands on.

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Nuggets release preseason schedule

The Denver Nuggets have released the team’s preseason schedule for 2014. Games begin October 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers in San Diego, CA, and conclude October 24 verses the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. There will be eight games total, including one at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, CO, where attendees will reportedly be encouraged to “BYOB” (Bring Your Own Bud) for a throng-like smoking session prior to tipoff. The latter part of the last sentence is of course unequivocally fictional. Please do not bring weed to the game thinking it’s totally cool to light up outside the arena because Kalen from Roundball Mining Company told you to do so. Below is the full preseason schedule…

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Dissecting of the 2014-15 Nuggets schedule: Not much to gripe about

Following yesterday’s NBA schedule release, Kalen offered his initial thoughts and observations about what’s on tap for the Nuggets in 2014-15, and in case you missed it I’d recommend checking that out before proceeding. Here I’ll dig a little deeper into the nuts and bolts of the schedule, and break down the numbers regarding road trips, home stands, back-to-backs and the like.

Given that complaining about the schedule has become somewhat of a tradition among NBA fans, I have no doubt that some of our readers will disagree with my take. But having sliced and diced the schedule in various ways, I’d argue that this is just about as reasonable and fair a schedule as any NBA team could ask for. There is nothing comparable in 2014-15 to last year’s Nuggets playing 17 of their first 23 games on the road, for example. There are, of course, tougher and easier stretches of the season, but there’s really nothing excessively brutal or unfair. The schedule stays on a fairly even keel throughout the season. (more…)

Nuggets sign Benimon

According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Denver Nuggets have signed undrafted rookie Jerrelle Benimon out of Towson. The deal is for two years and is partially guaranteed. This brings the number of players on the Nuggets’ roster to 16, which is allowable over the summer, however the team must have the final roster trimmed to 15 by the start of the regular season. Given Quincy Miller and Erick Green also have non-guaranteed contracts, there might be a chance Benimon snags the last roster spot at the expense of those two if he impresses enough over the next few months.

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Nuggets release 2014-15 schedule

Has the summer flown by or what? Just months ago the Nuggets worst season in a decade concluded. Weeks ago the Nuggets completed one of their most impressive drafts in recent memory. And now, only days after European vacation commenced, the Nuggets 2014-15 schedule has been released.

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Nuggets News: Stuff you probably know already

As you can see, we’re really making no effort to write anything at the moment and I’ve very happy about that because there’s really nothing worth writing now or for at least another month. But because we care that you care, we’re still inclined to keep you somewhat updated on the slowly trickling Nuggets-related newsbits that emerge every few days or so, like…

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Ink dry on Nurkic, Harris, Green contracts, Nuggets roster set at 15

What was already anticipated has now become official, as the Nuggets announced over the past two days that they have signed first round draft picks Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris, as well as last year’s second rounder Erick Green.

The signings bring the roster up to the maximum of 15 players, and unless Tim Connelly and the front office unearth a trade deal they can’t refuse, they will go into the 2014-15 season with the current crew. (more…)

Reports: Nurkic, Green signings to top off Nuggets roster at 15 players

Barring any further trades which would open up additional roster spots, the Denver Nuggets may well be finished with free agency this offseason.

Today it was reported by Mark Deeks of ShameSports.com that Denver has signed first round draft pick Jusuf Nurkic following the successful completion of a buyout with his Croatian team earlier this month. Additionally, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post also reported that the Nuggets will soon sign last year’s second round pick Erick Green, who played in Italy last season and showed significant improvement in his Summer League play.

When completed, the signings will top off the Nuggets roster at the maximum 15 players. (more…)

Report: Nuggets still hot for Love

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports.com, the Denver Nuggets are still relevant in Kevin Love trade talks and are offering an inciting package in exchange for the disgruntled superstar. Per Woj:

The Denver Nuggets have remained a strong contender for Love, offering a package that sources said has been the most appealing to Minnesota outside of the Cavaliers and a possible Golden State deal including Klay Thompson. So far, the Warriors have kept Thompson out of their offer to Minnesota.

Wojnarowski maintains the Cavaliers are still the Wolves preferred trading partner as long as Andrew Wiggins is included, but it appears the Nuggets could be a close second as long as Golden State continues to refuse parting with Klay Thompson.

All indications points towards the Cavs inching closer to completing a deal for Love. If Wiggins is available, Denver simply can’t compete with that type of an asset, especially considering the Nuggets have only two players signed beyond the 2015-16 season. Still, this is a situation worth monitoring, so stay tuned to RMC for updates throughout the summer.

Vesely signs overseas, Brooks with the Bulls, also don’t expect a lot of us now

As you probably are aware by now, Aaron Brooks and Jan Vesely will not return to the Nuggets next season. Vesely has signed a three year deal with Fenerbache in Istanbul while Brooks is reportedly near completing a deal with the Chicago Bulls.

These developments come as no surprise. The Nuggets are already stacked at the point guard and power forward spots. While I personally would have preferred the Nuggets make an attempt at keeping Brooks — given his penchant for playing defense — neither of these moves will have a lasting effect on how the Nuggets’ fare next year. But given these players spent time — although brief — in a Nuggets uniform, I figured it was only right to make note of their departure. In periods of future reflection we will always maybe remember Jan Vesely’s extreme maladroitness and occasional deft post-up move, dunk or defensive play that redefined the paradigms of how simultaneously good and bad someone could be at the same time. Brooks, meanwhile, provided an excellent makeshift starting point guard in Lawson’s absence. I think I speak for all when I say: May these players do things elsewhere with basketballs.

On a nonrelated subject, I’d just like to formerly announce Roundball Mining Compnay will be taking it easy for a while. Our writers have spent a lot of time this past year writing about the Nuggets pro bono and now that nothing’s happening we think it’s a pretty good time for a break. We’ll obviously keep you updated on any free-agent signings, trades or general news we feel is relevant, but the 2,000-plus word analysis is likely over for a while. In other words, enjoy your summer — you can bet your ass we are — and let’s do this thing again a few months down the road.

As always, thanks for reading.

Summer League recap: Utah Jazz 87, Denver Nuggets 69

In their final nonplayoff Summer League game of 2014 the Nuggets played, well, terribly. I honestly don’t know if I can go through with watching another one of these… things… whatever they are. Anyway, it was bad, nobody played good, and now I’m happy that it’s over.

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Summer League recap: Denver Nuggets 76 Chicago Bulls 103

The Nuggets found themselves on the other end of a beatdown in their second summer league game, losing by a score of 103-76 to the Chicago Bulls. Former Nugget (for about 10 minutes) Doug McDermott torched Denver for 31 points on 12 shots. Quincy Miller had another big scoring night for the Nuggets, finishing up with 24 points in the loss.

In lieu of the traditional recap or a super-serious analytic take on summer league, here’s a look at the three summer Nuggets we’ll be following closely all tournament, plus a few observations on the rest of the squad.

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