Rumor: Nuggets want Lauvergne

According to Sportando.com, Tim Connelly and the Denver Nuggets want to bring French big man and 2013 second-round pick Joffrey Lauvergne to the NBA next year. Lauvergne still has one year left on his contract with Partizan Belgrade who, according to Sportando, is entrenched in financial trouble which could complicate a potential buyout. Lauvergne is coming off the best year of his career last season with Belgrade, leading the Euroleague in rebounds per game.

As always, stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company throughout the summer as we track the Nuggets’ attempts to put 20 men on the floor for the start of the 2014-15 regular season!

Link: Nuggets’ trade calls about draft pick heating up

If you’re a draftnik like me, nothing gets your blood flowing like trade rumors. Hearing them straight from the horse’s mouth (the horse, in this scenario, being Nuggets’ GM Tim Connelly) around this time of year will basically turn your veins into full-powered fire hoses. Therefore, if you too would like fire-hose veins, I’d recommend reading the following article by The Denver Post‘s Christopher Dempsey which at one point states, Trading the selection for a veteran and moving up in the draft are the two areas of most interest to the Nuggets.”

Shaw: “I’m happy where I am”

The recently reported rumors that Phil Jackson might try to lure Brian Shaw away from the Nuggets with an offer to coach the Knicks caused a minor stir, and raised the specter of yet another bout of offseason upheaval among the Pepsi Center’s top ranks. But if Shaw himself is to be believed, it appears highly unlikely that he will, in fact,  so quickly abandon his new team. (more…)

Nuggets News: Jackson eyeing Shaw, Nuggets eyeing PGs?

According to ESPN.com, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson might turn his efforts towards prying Brian Shaw from the Denver Nuggets after missing out on Steve Kerr, who reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors on May 15. Per ESPN:

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the most likely scenario, even after Jackson was snubbed by the only candidate he has considered for the position since taking the Knicks’ job in March, remains hiring a younger coach Jackson has worked with previously and can mentor…

Sources said Jackson also intends to explore whether the Denver Nuggets are in any way amenable to releasing Brian Shaw from his contract in exchange for some form of compensation. Shaw is a longtime Jackson favorite who, after missing out on numerous head-coaching jobs, just completed his first season with the Nuggets, posting a 36-46 record despite numerous injuries to front-line players.

But Shaw told the Denver Post on Thursday: “I’m not interested in doing anything other than what I’m doing right now.”

Had Shaw not taken Denver’s job last summer, sources say he would have been at the top of Jackson’s list with Kerr — and conceivably above Kerr — for the Knicks’ opening.

Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post has reiterated multiple times through direct quotes that Shaw is not interested in coaching a team other than the Denver Nuggets at the moment. Of course, quotes are just quotes. It’s actions that count in the NBA, and until Jackson has concluded his search and Brian Shaw remains a Denver Nugget, this situation is worth monitoring.

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Link: Nuggets want to open contract negotiations with Kenneth Faried this summer

According to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Kenneth Faried and the Denver Nuggets will engage in contract extension talks this summer. Faried is entering the final year of his rookie deal and Dempsey suggests he could be in for a raise of over $10 million per year. Per Dempsey:

“We’ll talk to his representation,” Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly told the Post. “I think Kenneth is happy here. I think he’s really embraced what (Coach) Brian (Shaw) is trying to instill. Those are the type of guys that deserve to get paid.”

Faried is coming off the best year of his career averaging 14 points and nine rebounds per game overall, and 19 points and 10 rebounds per game since the All-Star break. Should he net $10 million or more per season, Faried would likely become sandwiched somewhere between Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Ty Lawson — Denver’s three highest paid players — who will earn $10.9, $11.3 and $11.6 million respectively throughout the 2014-15 season.

Brian Shaw: Wanted man

In the past week Brian Shaw has been tied to some interesting story developments. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, part of the absolutely baffling decline of the Indiana Pacers could be a result of Brian Shaw’s absence. Per Stein:

ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard reports that sources with knowledge of the Pacers’ locker room dynamic have been insisting for months that Indiana would miss the presence of assistant coach Brian Shaw, who left the club last summer to become the Denver Nuggets‘ head man.

Even more intriguing are Shaw’s recent ties to head coaching vacancies in the bright lights of New York and L.A. According to The Denver Post’s Christopher Dempsey, the Lakers will gauge Kobe Bryant on his preference for new head coach and Shaw’s name could come up. From Dempsey:

“If it comes up, then it just comes up,” Shaw said. “My commitment is here. I’m not a disgruntled coach or anything like that. My loyalty to the Nuggets hasn’t swayed at all.”

Brian Shaw has had three stops in his brief coaching career: Los Angeles, Indiana and now Denver. Though much of this is hearsay, it’s looking as if all three still want him in some varying degree or another, while Indiana (Roy Hibbert, specifically) is in the throes of a complete meltdown without him. Brian Shaw had a rough first season with the Nuggets and certainly had an interesting record of job interviews before landing in Denver, but as the smoke clears one thing is becoming clear: Brian Shaw is a wanted man.

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Wizards reportedly interested in Andre Miller

Zach Lowe of Grantland and ESPN’s Marc Stein are both reporting that the Washington Wizards have taken an interest in trading for the estranged Nuggets point guard Andre Miller.

Whether this interest will bring a trade to fruition or not remains to be seen. Even a cursory glance over the Wizards’ roster makes it seem unlikely that Denver could find a satisfactory deal without the involvement of a third team. (more…)

Kings offering Thornton, Fredette, Thompson for Miller, according to CBSSports.com

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com is reporting the Sacramento Kings “continue to be the most aggressive potential suitor for the Nuggets’ Andre Miller, offering three separate potential deals for the disgruntled point guard.” All three deals are rumored to include either Marcus Thornton, Jimmer Fredette or Jason Thompson, as well as a second-round draft pick in two of the scenarios.

Stay tuned as details continue to emerge and be sure to leave your thoughts on these players or other potential trades in the comments section below.

 

Denver looking to move Miller… fast

According to Yahoo!Sports.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is belief around the league that the Denver Nuggets are trying to move Andre Miller in a timely manner — as in the next 48 hours. Teams interested in Miller’s services have been rumored to be Sacramento, New York and Golden State. Sacramento, led by former Nuggets assistant GM, Pete D’Alessandro, is considered to be the leading candidate to land Miller.

Do you have thoughts on the Miller situation in general? Are there players on the Kings roster you’d like to see in a Nuggets uniform? Is there a specific trade with another team you’d like to see happen? If so, please leave your ideas in the comments section below.

Andre Miller suspended for conduct detrimental to team

As if an eight-game losing streak and an embarrassing home loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA wasn’t enough, the current circumstances seem to only be getting worse for the Denver Nuggets. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets have suspended Andre Miller for conduct detrimental to team.

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Trade Rumors: Denver Nuggets reject Kenneth Faried For Iman Shumpert Swap

Frank Isola of New York Daily News, recently reported that the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks were discussing a potential trade, which would send Kenneth Faried to New York in return for Iman Shumpert’s services. However, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Nuggets rejected the offer and are not having active talks with the Knicks.

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ESPN hires Karl as analyst

For years George Karl has been praised for his expansive “basketball mind.” I always wondered what exactly that meant (doesn’t every coach in the NBA have an expansive basketball mind?) and why a mind so expansive never translated into more postseason success — but hey, that’s just the cynic in me coming out! The fact of the matter is, George Karl does possess one of the most knowledgeable basketball minds that have ever floated around in a person’s head on this earth. And now that he can’t find a job in the NBA, he’s sharing some of that knowledge with people like you and me who don’t know diddly squat about pick-and-roll defense. Because on Monday, ESPN announced George Karl would be taking his talents (for a second time) to their studios as an NBA analyst.

According to the Associated Press, Karl will keep his options open in case another coaching position opens up, and will make his first appearance this Friday on the 11 p.m. EST version of SportsCenter. I think I speak for all Nuggets fans when I say this should be awesome. Though Karl certainly had his critics here in Denver (yours truly, often being the most outspoken) it’s common knowledge that he’s a pretty down-to-earth dude who just loves talking about basketball. And that usually translates pretty well to the sports television world.

Shaw hints at potential starting five

Denver Nuggets beat writer Aaron Lopez recently caught up with new Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw for an interview piece on NBA.com. In it, Shaw talks about his excitement for the upcoming season as well as his playoff expectations; however, the most interesting part of the article occurs when Shaw discusses who would be the Nuggets’ starting five if the season got underway today. Four of the five are fairly obvious, yet one player is somewhat of a head scratcher. Be sure to read Lopez’s full article for all the details, and leave your reaction to Shaw’s potential starting five in the comments section below!

[UPDATE] Lawson charged with physical harassment, according to The Denver Post

A few days ago I asked the RMC community to come up with story ideas because our writers were all out. Many readers submitted some fine ideas, which we plan on covering in the coming days, but none can compare to the real-life physical harassment and criminal mischief charges Ty Lawson obtained this past Saturday night.

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2013-2014 Denver Nuggets Schedule Released

The 2013-2014 Denver Nuggets’ schedule has been released by the NBA.

The team opens on October 30th in Sacramento against the Kings with the home opener falling two nights later against the Portland Trail Blazers.

According to a release by the team the Nuggets will be featured on national television 20 times this season with six appearances on TNT, seven on ESPN and seven on NBATV.

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