When the news of a potential four team trade that would send Dwight Howard to Los Angeles involving the Denver Nuggets first surfaced this afternoon, I was skeptical. Generally when a rumor involving the Nuggets gets out, it is a sure sign that the Nuggets have moved on and the trade is not happening. Of course, my interest was piqued due to the fact the Nuggets were reportedly pursuing Andre Igoudala, the one player I have gone on record coveting. Even so, I was not going to allow myself to get too excited.
The Nuggets just officially announced the re-signing of restricted free agent JaVale McGee. He signed the deal in Las Vegas with members of the Denver front office and his mother present.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the deal is 4 years for $44 million, a larger annual amount but a smaller guarantee than the previously rumored 5 years, $50 million.
With JaVale’s contract signed Denver’s roster now stands at a full 15 players, not including second round pick Quincy Miller. Julyan Stone has an unguaranteed year left on his contract and could be waived to create a roster spot. Stone had surgery to repair a hip labral tear in early July and is out five months.
According to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, the Nuggets have decided to use their lone amnesty provision on Chris “Birdman” Andersen and will sign free agent forward, Anthony Randolph, in his place. According to Yahoo!Sports’ Marc J. Spears, Randolph’s contract is a three-year deal worth $6 million total. If true, this is a steal. More information and analysis will be posted as news trickles in. As it stands this appears to be an excellent move by the Nuggets and one that will make our colleague Jeremy very, very pleased.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Denver Nuggets have agreed to a three year contract with veteran Unrestricted Free Agent Andre Miller. Terms have not been disclosed as of yet. I can only hope that the contract is for less than MLE money. I also suspect the last year of the deal is only partially guaranteed.
In a completely shocking turn of events the Nuggets have selected Evan Fournier with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. More analysis to come, but for now, know this: Fournier isn’t a phenomenal athlete or shooter. His potential is somewhat limited, and there’s a good chance he stay overseas for at least another season. There were still plenty of “steals” available at 20 and the Nuggets reached on a guy nobody had going this high. Also, know one more thing: George Karl hates rookies. The fact Fournier likely won’t play in Denver this year probably pleases Karl to an extraordinary extent. This is totally unlike Ujiri and as of now I have this pick classified as a 100 percent head scratcher. Then again, Ujiri has never given me reason to doubt him…
In Chad Ford’s latest mock draft he has the Nuggets selecting Royce White ahead of players like Andrew Nicholson, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones. Ford states, “Word on the street is that the Nuggets will step in and steal away White before he lands in Boston.”
White was the very first player we profiled in depth here at Roundball Mining Company as is someone we’ve consistently had ranked as a Top 3 prospect in all of our Big Boards. It appears his airplane anxiety is something he’s already starting to overcome — which is a great sign — and was really the only reason he was never ranked higher in the first place.
If the Nuggets do in fact draft White, just as I said last year with Faried, fans should be ecstatic. He’s a good kid and great fit for the team (not to mention an incredible basketball player to boot). There’s still a lot of time left before draft time rolls around so keep checking back in as we’ll have updates throughout the evening.
While we are passing along hot rumors, a new article by Chad Ford reports that Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti told Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal the Thunder would look into trading up to draft him. Who cares? Not gonna happen, right? Well, a little further down the page Beal shares that another playoff team from the Northwest Division made a similar comment.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting the Nuggets are very active in Draft day trade talks, discussing a possible deal with the Warriors that centers around trading Chandler for the No. 7 pick in the first round. As part of the proposed deal the Nuggets would likely have to take on Dorell Wright and the last year of his contract at just north of $4 million.
Nuggets center, Chris Andersen, was excused indefinitely from the team today in light of a raid performed on his house Thursday morning by Douglas County sheriffs seeking information on an Internet crimes against children investigation.
Not much is known at this point in time. Details are sure to emerge as times passes. What we do know is that this is just about the worst time for these issues to surface, yet Birdman is still innocent until proven guilty. Obviously things don’t look good, at all, but it’s important to refrain from jumping straight to conclusions until more information is gathered.