Karl wins 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year award

After a historic 57-win season including a franchise record 15 straight wins, George Karl has become the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy for 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year. Karl received 62 first place votes followed by the Miami Heat’s Eric Spoelstra with 24. Mike Woodson and Greg Popovich finished third and fourth respectively. Karl becomes the second Nuggets coach in history to win this award after Doug Moe took home the honors in 1987-88.

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Gallinari tears ACL

As was suspected from the beginning, Gallinari will miss the remained of the season with a torn ACL, according to the official Denver Nuggets website. Most ACL injuries require about a year for recovery so Nuggets fans should get used to not having Gallo around. We’ll have much more detailed analysis on this subject over the weekend, so stay tuned.

Trade deadline rumors

Leading up to Thursday’s 1 p.m. (MST) trade deadline, not all is quiet on the Nuggets front. While it’s certainly wise to take Adrian Wojnarowski at his word when he recently said the Nuggets would stand pat at the deadline (I mean, really, when was the last time this guy was wrong about a trade rumor?), it’s equally unwise to support the notion that the Nuggets won’t even consider a minor move, especially given how much Timofey Mozgov’s name has been thrown about lately. Whatever the case may be, rumors will remain rumors and we’d all be lying through our teeth if we said we don’t eat them up with a voracious appetite. So, to satisfy your trade-rumor cravings, here is a short list of what people are talking about right now.

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Denver Nuggets, Ty Lawson agree to 4 year, $48 Million extension

According to Ty Lawson himself, the young point guard and the Denver Nuggets have reportedly come to an agreement on a 4 year, $48 million extension.  The extension will kick in for the 2013-14 season at which point the Nuggets will begin to feel the financial ramifications of retaining their core players at a market value level assuming of course they retain the services of Andre Igoudala beyond this season.  The contract negotiations had become somewhat of a distraction according to George Karl so it is good to have that behind them prior to the start of the season.

Congratulations to Ty Lawson on converting on his tremendous athleticism and talent financially.  Now we just need to see him continue to convert on those abilities on the court.  Lawson is a fantastic player, but still has untapped potential.

Look for more in depth analysis on this news coming soon.

Nuggets exercise third-year option on Faried, Hamilton

According to NBA.com the Denver Nuggets have decided to exercise the third-year option on both Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton’s contracts. Each player will make slightly north of $1 million during the 2013-14 season. This move is a no-brainer. Count on the Nuggets doing this same thing sometime next year.

Nuggets sign Quincy Miller

With training camp a little more than three weeks away, the Nuggets’ 2012-2013 roster appears to be set with Thursday afternoon’s announcement  that the team has signed second-round pick Quincy Miller to a multi-year contract.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but it appears to be a 3-year deal at the minimum. As is standard with a lot of second-round picks, Quincy’s contract probably contains partial guarantees or team options on the later years of the deal.

It’s good news that the Nuggets were able to come to terms with Quincy and lock him up for a three year period. I had the pleasure of meeting Quincy and getting acquainted with his game at Summer League, where it became apparent that he’ll be more of a long-term project. Quincy’s offensive skills are going to translate to the NBA, but he’ll really need to fill out his body and round out his game in other areas in order to be effective.

Expect Miller to spend a good bit of next season either inactive or with the Nuggets’ D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. With a year of strength training under Steve Hess and a little more seasoning in terms of his overall feel for the game, the Nuggets can get a head start on molding Quincy into a future rotation player.

For now, the Nuggets can enjoy some quality depth at the end of their bench while guys like Anthony Randolph and Jordan Hamilton stand ready to fill rotation roles when needed. Backcourt depth is the one area of potential concern as the Nuggets struggled to make shots last year and will be extremely reliant on the point guard duo of Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. Hamilton, Fournier, and Stone form the reserve corps of backup guards and have almost no combined NBA experience among them.

Nuggets Reportedly Involved in Howard Trade Talks

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.

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JaVale McGee re-signs with Denver Nuggets

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.

BREAKING: Nuggets amnesty Chris Andersen, sign Anthony Randolph

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.

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.

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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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.

 

 

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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