Breaking News: JJ Hickson Out for Season With Torn ACL

JJ Hickson left last night’s game with a knee injury and after an MRI to determine the damage was done it has been determined that injury will keep Hickson out for the rest of the season.

According to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post the MRI revealed that Hickson torn his ACL, which makes him the second Nugget this season to tear the ligament and the third to have an issue with it that put them out for the season after Nate Robinson and Danilo Gallinari. It also marks the fourth member of the roster who will end their season with a major injury as JaVale McGee is out with a leg injury of his own.

Hickson had seemingly found the perfect role on the bench recently, putting up 13.9 points and eight rebounds in his last ten games where he had been a reserve. The injury will probably lead to more minutes for Jan Vesely and/or Anthony Randolph as well as the addition of another tough offseason decision for Denver. With so much money tied up in Hickson, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur the power forward spot takes up a large portion of the salary cap and roster space and yet Denver will enter next season with Hickson working his way back from a major injury and Faried being eligible for his contract extension that will need to be signed before October 31st.

It just adds another bad result in a season full of them for the Nuggets.

Please leave your thoughts on the news in the comments below along with what you want Denver to do about filling his minutes for the rest of the season and beyond. 

Breaking News: Lawson returning tonight, will wear protective padding

The Denver Nuggets have announced on Twitter that Ty Lawson will play his first game in nearly a month tonight against Minnesota:

#Nuggets PG @TyLawson3 says he will return tonight after missing nine games with a fractured rib.

The Denver Post’s Chris Dempsey added that he “will wear a protective pad around his ribs.”

While all Nuggets fans can feel happy and relieved that Lawson’s recovery is going well, the decision to rush him back (more…)

Breaking News: JaVale McGee Out for Season

As if today wasn’t busy enough for the Nuggets, they have just announced that center JaVale McGee has joined Danilo Gallinari and Nate Robinson as being out for the year due to injury after having surgery on his left leg.

The news is another blow to a season that was supposed to be about figuring things out under new head coach Brian Shaw in relation to both style of play and which players were long term keepers for the Nuggets. It also was supposed to finally be the breakout year that people around the organization had been hoping for as he had supposedly become more professional and a harder worker since the end of last season.

Now it pushes back another decision for Denver as they must wait and see how he responds and of the improvement he showed throughout the preseason was real or not.

Stay tuned to RMC for more news and reaction as things get more and more hectic in Denver.

Trade deadline update: Jordan Hamilton traded to Rockets for Aaron Brooks

As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Nuggets have acquired point guard Aaron Brooks from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Jordan Hamilton.

As indicated in our previous post, it had appeared earlier that Denver was on track with the Knicks to trade J-Ham for Beno Udrih. Apparently, however, Tim Connelly and the front office were still busy working the phones, and found their preferred option in Brooks. (more…)

Breaking News: Andre Miller Traded To Washington. Jordan Hamilton Potentially Headed to New York.

After weeks of wondering when it would happen, Andre Miller has finally been traded out of Denver.

Miller heads to Washington as part of a three team deal that will send former Wizard’s lottery pick Jan Vesely to the Nuggets and Washington point guard Eric Maynor and two second round picks (one from Washington next year and one from Denver in 2016) to the Philadelphia 76ers according to Yahoo!’s Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski.

The deal does nothing besides shed salary for the Nuggets as Vesely is nothing more than an expiring contract worth $3.3 million that does absolutely nothing well on a basketball court.

The deal also seems to be a precursor to another trade that will actually land the Nuggets a point guard for the remainder of the season, as ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that Denver is moving forward with a trade for unhappy New York backup Beno Udrih.

Udrih is nothing spectacular but he is capable of handling the ball and playing point guarde, something that the Nuggets desperately needed with Ty Lawson out with a broken rib, Nate Robinson out with a torn ACL and now Miller out of Denver.

Hamilton has started 11 games this season, including on Tuesday night but his inability to consistently play good defense had caused him to fall out of favor with Brian Shaw which led to his removal from the rotation. Denver also had declined Hamilton’s option earlier this season so he was due to most likely leave Denver at the end of the season anyway.

Baring a surprising move this seems to be it for Denver at the deadline meaning they come away from the Miller fiasco with a bit of savings and without a second round pick a few years from now.

What are your thoughts on the trades? Did Denver get enough for Miller? Is trading Hamilton a good idea? Let us know in the comments below. 

Report: Andre Miller Hates the Nuggets. Won’t Return to Team.

According to a report by Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports Andre Miller has expressed to the Nuggets that he wants nothing to do with returning to the team. 

Spears talked to sources close to Miller who made it clear the decision is final.

“The vibe is delusional,” the source said. “It’s a burned bridge. No reconciliation. He’s waiting by the door with his bag already packed. The relationship is irreparable. Under no circumstances does he want to come back to Denver.

Apparently the Nuggets were looking to bring Miller back into the fold after the injuries to Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson despite the fact head coach Brian Shaw had no interest in Professor Miller’s return after the fireworks which led to his banishment.

Miller has been staying in shape with nighttime workouts at the team facilities which have been watched at times by general manager Tim Connelly.

Miller still wants to be traded and with Denver out of roster spaces and point guards it seems likely to happen by Thursday’s trade deadline.

Stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company for more news on Miller and the Nuggets as the trade deadline draws closer. 

Report: JaVale McGee Could Miss Rest of Season

According to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Javale McGee’s leg has not healed properly from the stress fracture he suffered earlier this season and the complications could keep the seven footer out for the remainder of the season.

The news is another bad blow for Denver who have already lost Nate Robinson and Danilo Gallinari for what has become for all intents and purposes a lost season. The news is doubly bad as Denver now must invest another season in deciding if McGee is a player that will fit in Brian Shaw’s systems on both ends of the floor.

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BREAKING NEWS: Nate Robinson Out for Season with Torn ACL

According to Chris Dempsy, Nate Robinson had surgery this afternoon to repair a torn ACL, an injury that will keep him out the rest of the season.

Ty Lawson Not Selected as an All-Star

In news I predicted yesterday Ty Lawson was not named a 2013 Western Conference All-Star.

Lawson was beat out by Damian Lilliard, Chris Paul, Tony Parker and James Harden in a vote done by NBA coaches.

It is hard to make a great case for Lawson being in over any of those guys as the Nuggets are behind each player’s team in the Western Conference standings and each player has had a spectacular year. Paul will be the player that many Nuggets’ fans disagree with but when healthy he has been the one player that constantly finds himself on the top of Lawson in almost every stat, advanced stat and Sports Vu stat.

Lawson probably won’t be taken as an injury replacement either, as Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Goran Dragic and Mike Conley all probably are more deserving for their great work this season. In fact Davis and Cousins became the only players since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to not make the roster after posting PERs over 26.

Lawson and the Nuggets will now turn their focus to the rest of the season as they battle their way towards the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

What are your thoughts on the choices? Did Lawson get snubbed? If so who should he have made it over? Let us know in the comments below. 

Faried, but not Lawson, chosen for initial Team USA roster

Last June, Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson had the honor of being invited to participate in the U.S. men’s national basketball team mini-camp for four days in Las Vegas.

Today, only one of them, Faried, made the cut for the initial roster. Still, there may yet be hope for Lawson to get another shot. According to NBA.com: (more…)

BREAKING NEWS: Danilo Gallinari Out for Season

In a season of ups and downs for the Nuggets, Tuesday afternoon brought with it another stomach punching loss. Adrian Wojnarowski has just reported that Gallo has undergone reconstructive knee surgery and will be out for the 2013-2014 season.

Gallinari unsure if he will return this season

All we have to go on here are the words of Danilo Gallinari himself. As yet there appears to be no confirmation (or denial) of anything specific from the Denver Nuggets brass or medical staff. So take this with appropriately large grains of salt until more information comes in.

That said, Sportando reports on the recent interview Gallo did with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, and the usually confident Rooster clearly sounds unsure of whether he’ll be able to return this season at all: (more…)

BREAKING NEWS: JaVale McGee Out Indefinitely

According to the official Nuggets twitter account, JaVale McGee will be sidelined indefinitely due to a stress fracture in his left tibia. 

Head coach Brian Shaw has not decided if he will start Timofey Mozgov or J.J. Hickson at center for Monday’s game against Utah but either way expect to see both players start logging more time at the position.

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Nuggets Make Rookie Contract Option Decisions

With the deadline to exercise team options on three rookie contracts looming tomorrow the Nuggets have made their decisions.

Denver picked up the options on Evan Fournier ($1.4 million for 2014-2015) and Kenneth Faried ($2.2 million dollars in 2014-2015) and declined the option on Jordan Hamilton.

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Nuggets Starting Lineup Announced

Well after much deliberation during preseason, Brian Shaw has finally announced the starting five that will take the court Wednesday in Sacromento. And boy, it’s a doozie.

Wilson Chandler’s absence was somewhat expected, due to his reported hamstring injury, but his replacement came as a minor surprise. While Randolph got a lot of run in the preseason it hardly seemed feasible he would contribute any more than he did last year, mostly as a garbage time player who might play some meaningful minutes in emergency stopgap situations.

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