A lack of primary ball handlers may doom Denver this postseason, but losing Danilo will let Denver know what they have in young Evan Fournier and Corey Brewer – who will be a free agent at the end of this campaign. We’ll also see whether Andre Iguodala and Wilson Chandler can contribute on both ends of the court when the games matter most.
The Denver Nuggets are making their typical late-season run. This time it has come in the form of a seven-game winning streak, part of a 14-3 record in games played since New Years. Look out West, here we come.
It was surprising to see the Nuggets win from distance versus the Trailblazers, and even more surprising that the erstwhile Wilson Chandler keyed the victory. Denver hit 36% from beyond the arc on Tuesday night after going an NBA-record 0-22 the last time these teams met. The 115-111 OT win made it six straight for the Nuggets as they plow through a hard-earned homestand.
The price for Howard was steep for all involved, but the Nuggets benefit simply by dumping the disappointing Arron Afflalo and the oft-injured Al Harrintong on the Orlando Magic. Denver will receive Philly star Andre Iguodala in return.
The Denver Nuggets have reportedly signed 7’ center JaVale McCgee to a four year $44million deal. The signing makes McGee the central figure in a Nuggets organization that has transformed magnificently since trading Carmelo Anthony in February of 2011.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen was released by the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. A former fan-favorite, the Birdman is likely grounded for good. The Nuggets used the amnesty clause afforded them by the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. The move will eliminate Andersen’s cap hit over the remaining two years of his contract.
The Denver Nuggets went prospecting on NBA Draft Day last Thursday with an eye to the future. Despite some banal criticism from members of the online media (like our friends at Bleacher Report) this is rock-solid team-building by Masai Ujiri & Co.
The Nuggets tried out point guards Tyshawn Taylor and Marquis Teague on Monday in Denver as they search for a young backup to starter Ty Lawson. When the Nuggets pick 20th in the June 28th NBA Draft the starting point guards from this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final could both be available.
Kenneth Faried was voted to the NBA All-Rookie Team this week after a breakout year that saw him play considerable time for the injury-ravaged Denver Nuggets. Faried finished third in voting for NBA Rookie of the Year, and likewise carried the third highest vote total of the seven players selected to the All-Rookie Team.
The Denver Nuggets took no prisoners in their second straight do-or-die contest against the LA Lakers. Denver streaked to a 13-0 first quarter lead in their Game 6 victory on Thursday night. The Nuggets never let the Lakers get closer than 5 points to force a Game 7 in Los Angeles on Saturday night.