[UPDATE] BREAKING: Nuggets select Erick Green at 46, Lauvergne at 55

More analysis to come but for those who are unaware of Green’s game, see the video below. He led the nation in scoring last year, won ACC Player of the Year and is generally seen as an excellent selection (perhaps even a steal) at 46. This is now the second year in a row that the Nuggets have selected a shooting guard who worked out for them prior to the draft.

[UPDATE] The Nuggets have also selected Joffrey Lauvergne with the 55th pick in the draft. He is a french big man known for his high motor and athleticism. Here is his profile on DraftExpress.

[UPDATE] Nuggets trade Rudy Gobert to Utah for 46th pick and cash; trade Koufos for Arthur?

According to The Denver Post’s Benjamin Hochman, the Nuggets will trade Rudy Gobert to Utah for the 46th pick in the draft and cash. More analysis to come!

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UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Nuggets are also working on trading Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and the 55th pick in the draft.

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Digging for gold in the 2013 NBA draft

As many of you already know, writing about the NBA draft is one my favorite aspects of covering the Nuggets. And I’m not just a casual fan who watches YouTube clips on a handful of players slated to drop in the Nuggets’ range come June. I really do love the draft. Throughout the entire season I’m listening to podcasts, watching real games (imagine that!) and exercising my free ESPN INsider account to read every single bit of news and information Chad Ford posts about each year’s draft class. I don’t know why, but I’m nearly obsessed with the process. This year I haven’t had time to go as in depth as I would have liked due to the constant barrage of hirings and firings that have taken place within the Nuggets organization over the last month, but I’ll try and get you as up to date as I can on the guys I like.

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In Josh Kroenke we trust?

“In Ujiri We Trust.”

The phrase could be found in the blog comments, in the tweets, in the message board posts, and on the lips of many a Nuggets fan over the past few years, as Masai Ujiri skillfully shepherded the Nuggets through the Melodrama and crafted a roster which achieved historical success for the franchise, and earned him the Executive of the Year award.

So when the news broke that Ujiri would not be staying with Denver, a shocked, loud and angry “WTF?!?” reverberated through the halls of Nuggets fandom. (more…)

Who is Brian Shaw?

On Monday evening Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post reported Brian Shaw has accepted an offer to become the Denver Nuggets new head coach. Though Shaw has been a longtime player and assistant in the league, this will be the first head coaching job of his career. By all accounts, this appears to be a very solid hire as Shaw is one of the more well respected coaches in the NBA. Here is what we know about Shaw and the hire thus far…

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BREAKING NEWS: Brian Shaw to be Named Nuggets Head Coach

According to Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, Brian Shaw has agreed to become the new coach of the Nuggets.

Shaw most recently worked as an assistant under Frank Vogel in Indiana and has also worked on the staff of Phil Jackson when he was with the Lakers.

Shaw has been a hot name in many coaching searches the past few offseasons and last year turned down an offer to coach the Bobcats, preferring to wait to be in a better situation.

While the signing answers one question for the Nuggets it opens up many others.

Does Shaw try to run the triangle? Will his offense be post-up based like his stops in Indiana and L.A.? Can he shape the Nuggets into a better defensive team without the likes of an Andrew Bynum or Roy Hibbert on the backline? Who will round out his staff?

Stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company for more news and analysis on a big decision for the Nuggets.

Report: Spurs assistant in the lead for Nuggets’ head coaching position?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports.com, San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown is now a “serious candidate” to fill the Nuggets’ current head-coaching vacancy. Brown reportedly traveled to Denver on Sunday night to meet with Josh Kroenke and new general manager Tim Connelly. In a different report Wojnarowski claims Kroenke was prepared to offer Doc Rivers an annual salary of $7 million had agreed to coach the Nuggets. So much for the cheap ownership narrative.

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Nuggets’ new front office taking shape in familiar fashion

The Nuggets announced the hiring of Ben Tenzer as director of team operations on Friday, a move that signifies the first management shakeup under new GM Tim Connelly and one more step in a complete tear-down of the front office responsible for the 2012-2013 executive of the year award.
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Report: Nuggets to interview Vinny Del Negro

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Vinny Del Negro will join the short list of candidates for the Nuggets head coaching job, and interviews for the job this weekend. He joins Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins and Indiana assistant Brian Shaw as leading candidates for the coaching vacancy.

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Should Denver Nuggets Continue Pushing For Doc Rivers?

If you’ve been following the rumor mill lately, you’re probably aware of the frenzy that a potential blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Clippers has caused, momentarily even overshadowing the NBA Finals. But before Boston and LA engaged in negotiations, Josh Kroenke made a call the Celtics, offering a first-round pick for the release of Doc Rivers.

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What to make of the Nuggets’ front office exodus

On Wednesday, Josh Kroenke continued his all-out assault on the Nuggets front office after the most successful regular season in franchise history. The Denver Post’s Chris Dempsey is reporting the Nuggets have lost two more front office members in director of player personnel, Mike Bratz, and scouting director Dan Tolzman. While Bratz’s future remains up in the air, the Post’s Benjamin Hochman is reporting Tolzman has taken a “director-level scouting job” with the Raptors. The number of front office members to leave the Nuggets organization this summer now stands at four — and counting.

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Who is Tim Connelly?

On Monday morning it was revealed that Tim Connelly, former assistant general manager of the New Orleans Hornets, would be the Denver Nuggets’ new Vice President of Basketball Operations. Not much is known about Connelly at this time in terms of his abilities. Those talents can only be revealed after he has assumed his (somewhat titular) GM position in Denver and made moves that can be analyzed. Here is what we do know about his background…

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Breaking News: Nuggets Hire Tim Connelly as GM

Things finally seem to be turning the proper direction in Denver as Adrian Wojnarowski just reported via Twitter that the Nuggets have found their new GM.

Connelly is said to be one of the rising stars in the NBA as he has spent the three seasons under Dell Demps in New Orleans as assistant GM.

In Denver Connelly will hold the position of Executive VP of Basketball Operations.

Now that Denver has someone in place to run the basketball side of things one would expect the coaching search to get kicked into high gear so that the team has someone in place in the near future.

Stay tuned at RMC for more news on the rapidly changing Nuggets summer.

Breaking News: Pete D’Alessandro to Become Kings GM.

As if things couldn’t get any worse or more chaotic in Denver at the moment, Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Nuggets Vice President Pete D’Alessandro has agreed to become the new general manager of the Sacramento Kings.

D’Alessandro had been rumored to be the front runner to take over for the departed Masai Ujiri but apparently he has decided the Kings job for one reason or another is the better fit.

It becomes just another blow for Denver as they now must widen the search for a new GM again, while also interviewing coaches and preparing for the upcoming NBA draft.

It also continues to make the offseason in Denver look completely disorganized and confusing as it had been reported since the departure of Ujiri that D’Alessandro would become the new Nuggets GM yet no news ever broke of any kind of offer.

The Denver Post has a bit more about D’Alessandro and why his departure is a loss for the Nuggets and also mentions that former 76ers executive Tony Di Leo as a name to watch, though the situation remains very fluid.

Keep on eye here at RMC for more news and reaction as this tumultuous offseason continues in Denver.

Nuggets news: Karl talks, Gallo walks and Iggy opts out

A lot’s happened in the last 24 hours surrounding Denver Nuggets. George Karl has been making the rounds with the Denver media sharing what he calls “his side of the story,” in regards to his dismissal as Nuggets head coach last week. Meanwhile, Danilo Gallinari claims his knee was never as bad as we all thought, and Andre Iguodala… well, yeah…

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