Tag:Denver Nuggets
Posted on: September 22, 2010 2:09 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 2:33 pm

Dampier appears to be signing with Miami (maybe)

Posted by Royce Young

For reasons that still confound me, there's been quite the hub-bub over where Erick Dampier might sign. And it looks like we might finally have an answer. Maybe.

Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel reports that Dampier worked out for the Heat today and that he's already gone through the meet-and-greet process. Winderman added that Dampier's signing appears "imminent, if not already done."

So we can go back to worrying about Carmelo now, right?

Not so fast. Ken Berger of CBS Sports says according to a source close to the situation, no decision has been made, but Miami is in the lead with Houston and Denver also in the mix. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated also says no deal has been done according to a league source. A decision will likely be made by tomorrow.

If Dampier signs with Miami, that would put their already large roster at 19 players, meaning training camp should be a lively one. Indications are that Da'Sean Butler will have the 15th roster spot with Kenny Hasbrouck and Patrick Beverley likely missing out. But that still means there are two spots that have to be cut. With Dampier, an extra big man like Shavlik Randolph becomes expendable and rookie Dexter Pittman might be sent to the D-League.

The reasoning for the Heat to go so hard after Dampier still escapes me as well. Granted, it's not the strongest front line (though it probably is the slowest), but there's already a pretty good logjam there. Miami has Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jamaal Magloire, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh and Juwan Howard already on the roster with guaranteed deals. Now you add Dampier. Where does he fit? Who does he play in front of? Dampier is more capable of defending say, Dwight Howard than some of those others, but it makes you wonder if Miami would like to dump Magloire right about now if this signing happens.

I guess he maybe starts over Anthony, but still that's a good number of veteran players that will be spending a lot of time on the bench. But seeing as the combined age of the Heat's centers is something like 700 years old, maybe it's good to have a few extra.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 10:51 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 10:52 am

Your daily Carmelo Anthony update

Posted by Royce Young

Are you getting tired of reading about Carmelo Anthony? I sure hope not, because I'm not tired of writing about him... yet. But every day there's a little news here, and a little news there. Over the past 24 hours or so, a few more rumors and reports have made their way out. Here's the latest:
  • According to the Denver Post, Houston is active in discussing a trade for Anthony, and are dangling shooting guard Kevin Martin. Adding in Martin makes Houston a contender because of the Rockets' assets, plus a trade exception they have that could allow them to give up a young asset over someone like Shane Battier.
  • However, Sam Amick of FanHouse reported that Houston's discussions have not included Martin to this point. Again, the Rockets have assets and a couple young players. But they'll have to throw in a good player, especially with New Jersey reportedly offering up a package that includes everything Denver might want. So if Houston wants to play, Martin will likely have to be involved.
  • Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN reported that the Knicks head the list for Anthony still. But we already knew that. But the new news is that the Bulls are firmly planted as 1A on his list. Anthony's representation has reportedly ramped up pressure on the Nuggets to get a deal completed prior to training camp.
  • The Nuggets however are holding out hope that if they can get Anthony into camp, maybe he'll change his tune. That hope is pretty much a pipe dream at this point, but you can't blame them for clinging to their star. Reports say they aren't in any kind of rush and are willing to take time to get every offer they can.
  • By all indication, Anthony's preferred list is 1) New York; 1A) Chicago 2) New Jersey; 3) Houston. While that's Anthony's list, the rankings for who might actually land him are probably 1) New Jersey; 2) Chicago; 3) Houston and 4) New York.
That's pretty much it for now. Until someone files another report saying Carmelo still wants out, New York is tops on his list or that someone made someone an offer, we sit and wait. Just like Carmelo.
Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:39 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 11:45 am

Carmelo Roundup: Knicks lacking assets?

Posted by Royce Young

To be somwhat brief: The New York Times is reporting that according to a Knicks official, Denver had informed them they don't have the necessary assets to get a deal done for Carmelo Anthony. However, as Ken Berger reported weeks ago, New York is still Anthony's top choice.

At this moment, that leaves the Knicks hoping that Anthony chooses to stay in Denver for a lame duck season and then sign with the Knicks in 2011. Chances of that though are looking pretty darn unlikely.

Another possibility is Anthony gets traded somewhere (which is almost guaranteed to happen) and decides not to sign an extension there. He could play a season in New Jersey or Houston and then sign with the Knicks the next offseason. But that's also pretty unlikely because what team wants to give up assets and young players just to rent Anthony for a year?

The NY Times reports that an interesting twist is how the Knicks assets are being used against them. The Houston Rockets are aggressively pursuing Anthony and one of the things they're dangling is a pick acquired from the Knicks in a three-way trade with Sacramento last season. How's that for a kick in the pants, New York?

One other interesting bit of information via Chris Broussard of ESPN: To this point, Carmelo hasn't indicated to anyone that he's willing to re-sign with New Jersey, even saying one executive told him that Anthony wouldn't re-sign with the Nets. So Broussard says all this Melo-to-NJ talk is only speculation.

As for the Bulls, word is they could actually hav Melo if they're willing to part with Joakim Noah. But at this point, reports say they aren't.

You should be somewhat caught up now. Until 10 minutes from now when the next thing trickles out. Hurry up and get traded, will you Carmelo?
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:04 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 10:08 am

Report: Nuggets listening to offers for Melo

Posted by Royce Young

With the Carmelo Anthony situation, any news is new news, even if it's somewhat old news. If that makes sense.

Ken Berger reported last week that Melo still wanted out, no deal appeared to be coming and even clued us in as to what teams might be players in this rapidly-turning-into-ridiculous situation.

While trade offers have likely been part of internal discussions about Melo weeks ago, now Sam Amick of FanHouse reports the Nuggets are fielding actual offers for Anthony. "Send it in," Amick reports league executives are saying. ESPN's Marc Stein and Ric Bucher also report Denver has softened on its trade stance and is willing to hear offers.

What are the Nuggets looking for? Young assets and talent, Amick says.

Denver is after top-tier young players, future first-round picks, young assets and options to save on salary cap savings. You know what deal fits into that realm? The one Ken Berger mentioned being discussed last week involving Andre Iguodala and Derrick Favors.

Other teams that fit the criteria Amick listed and have been linked to the Carmelo Sweepstakes? The Clippers, the Nets, the Bulls and the Timberwolves (hey, they have the assets). The Knicks have some of it, but are lacking in draft picks. The Rockets have the assets but not the top tier young player. The Magic are in the same boat.

The Nuggets see the writing on the wall. Chauncey Billups is older and in a contract year. Kenyon Martin the same. J.R. Smith is reportedly being shopped. The Denver Nuggets as we know them will be gone soon, and it's looking like it will start by blowing up the top. So Denver's taking the approach to accept the situation and instead of trying to remain at the top with an equal parts trade, the Nuggets are willing to take back picks, assets and young talent. In other words, they're prepared to rebuild.

This means progress for a trade. And with training coming in, oh, a week, it looks like Masai Ujiri is trying to get serious about trading his star. So if you've got a deal, give the Nuggets a call. Serious offers only, please.
Posted on: September 13, 2010 4:32 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 11:10 pm

Report: Cleveland hires Suns' Griffin

Report: Suns VP joins post-LeBron building project after turning down Nuggets' GM job.
Posted by Matt Moore

David Griffin has been quite the hot commodity this summer, and it would appear the Cavaliers were hot enough to land him. Ric Bucher of ESPN reports that the Cavaliers have hired Griffin as their new Vice President of Basketball Operations , the same role he's held in Phoenix since 2007. The role carries with it an increase in prestige as Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert is known to be more supportive and less fiddling than Suns' owner Robert Sarver. He'll join Chris Grant who was recently extended as General Manager after taking the interim reins following the departure of Danny Ferry. Griffin takes over the job of Lance Blanks who left in the great exodus pre and post "The Decision." Got all that? It's a little bit like a soap opera, only with poor drafting choices and salary cap management.

Griffin turned down an offer from the Denver Nuggets this summer to become their main man in charge, a position that was eventually given to Masai Ujiri, who now gets to wait for Carmelo Anthony to decide he's done watching tennis matches and ready to talk about his job. Bucher reports that Griffin turned down the Nuggets' position because it was substantially below the $1 million benchmark for GMs. If that aspect is true, it paints a disturbing picture for Nuggets fans who face a new regime with Josh Kroenke, son of principal owner Stan Kroenke taking over operations with the elder Kroenke gaining ownership of the NFL's St. Louis Rams. Those kinds of sub-standard offers make obtaining top talent difficult, even if the practice doesn't extend to the team's roster itself.

Cleveland meanwhile gets one of the remaining architects of one of the more succesfull franchises over the past decade. Griffin had been with the Suns off and on since 1993. You have to wonder after all the changes the Suns have seen with the departures of Amar'e Stoudemire, Steve Kerr, and now Griffin, if the ship will be steady as Steve Nash prepares to sail into the sunset in the next few years.
Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:11 am

Shootaround 9.10.10: An extension for Noah?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Before we get too carried away with Joakim Noah for Carmelo Anthony talk, Marc Stein of ESPN says that the Bulls are actually working on something else Noah related: an extension. Which adds a potentially interesting twist to the trade rumors. Right now, Noah's salary is nowhere close to being enough to get a deal done with Denver for Anthony. Luol Deng would have to be included in the trade, but Denver is lukewarm on Deng. So if the Bulls extend Noah to say, $10 million a year, that would make a swap much easier. Just a thought.
  • Kevin Durant wrote "1972" on his sneakers yesterday for the game against Russia. Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don't Lie: "Not only does it remind me of how proud I am to be an American, but it should remind followers from all nations in this tournament that being part of a team can be a pretty special thing. Whether you're a member of Team USA at one point, CCCP, the Russian team, or a squad that didn't even exist in the 1988 Olympics (which took place the month Kevin Durant was born), it hardly matters. You're a teammate for life, and I appreciated Durant's little message to his teammates."
  • Ailene Voison of the Sac Bee on the reprehensible situation with Omri Casspi: "Kings forward Omri Casspi said Thursday he was 'hurt' after learning that a mural featuring his likeness was defaced with a swastika. The incident at 16th and R streets in midtown Sacramento is being investigated as a possible hate crime by local authorities. 'It's been all over the news over here,' said Casspi by phone at his family home in Yavne, Israel. 'Everybody's talking about it. It's hurtful to think that this is 2010, and there are still people like that out there. I almost don't know what to say. It's probably just some idiot who wants some publicity. But I know the people in Sacramento, and they have been wonderful to me. I know they must feel bad about this. Same thing with the Kings. I'll just let the police handle this and focus on having a great season.' Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, returns to Sacramento on Monday to begin preparing for his second training camp."
  • What does the old show "The White Shadow" and Turkey's 12 Giant Men have in common? Pete Thamel of the NY Times: "Turkey’s rapid rise as a basketball power can be traced, in part, to 'The White Shadow,' whose 54 episodes appeared on black-and-white TV here from 1980 to 1982. 'It made people aware of basketball in Turkey,' said Alper Yilmaz, a former national team player who works in the front office of Efes Pilsen, a club in Istanbul that has won 13 Turkish League titles since its founding in 1976. 'There was already basketball in Turkey,' Yilmaz added, 'but after that show, everyone started playing.'"
  • Chris Sheridan of ESPN on what gets lost in translation in international basketball: "The inclination for a player in foul trouble is to hold back, even just a little. Not so for Andre Iguodala , who played with so much energy and passion right when the Americans needed it that one of the Russian players actually thought he was swearing at him -- in Russian. "He say in Russian a bad word. I don't know how he know this. I won't even translate it. It's bad," said Russian forward Andrey Vorontsevich, who got yelled at by Iguodala after being a little too physical with Lamar Odom . "All I said was, 'watch it, watch it,'" Iguodala said, bewildered. "I don't speak any Russian."Apparently (according to bilingual Russian journalist Vladimir Gomelsky of NTV+, the Russian all-sports cable network), if you say, "watch it, watch it" fast enough, it can be misconstrued as the Russian euphemism for a female canine."
Posted on: September 9, 2010 1:56 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2010 2:22 pm

Joakim Noah involved in Carmelo trade talks?

Posted by Royce Young

Fresh off the report that the Bulls are on the top of Carmelo Anthony's list, a story from ESPN Chicago is out including a player the Bulls are discussing trading to get the Denver star.

Brace yourself Bulls fans, because you might be a little torn. But according to the report, in order to get Anthony, Joakim Noah could possibly be included as part of that package. The Nuggets are also reportedly hesitant to take back Luol Deng as part of the deal because of his long-term contract.

For the Bulls, it comes down to how bad do you want Carmelo? If it's that bad, then you deal Noah, no question. You aren't going to get Anthony for peanuts and this is precisely the kind of trade package that would be enticing enough for the Nuggets to pull the trigger on. But at the same time, what Bulls fan wasn't pumped at the twin tower combo of Noah and Carlos Boozer? I don't care about the Bulls one bit and that duo had me excited. Plus, without Noah, Boozer's defensive deficiencies become highlighted, especially if Anthony is playing small forward in that lineup.

Noah has emerged as one of the East's best big men, averaging a double-double last season while also finishing in the top 10 in rebounding. He's a high energy player that blocked 1.6 shots a game last season.

Now the Bulls are just discussing including Noah internally. No offer has been made (that we know of). If Denver is hesitant to take back Deng, Chicago will be forced to up the ante. A deal sending James Johnson and Taj Gibson isn't going to get it done. But adding Noah into some kind of package is something that Masai Ujiri will have to stop and think about.

The issue is though, working out the numbers. The Nuggets would pretty much be forced to take back Deng in order to line up the salary exchange. A deal sending Noah, Johnson and Gibson isn't near enough salary to match Anthony's $17 million. But adding Deng plus Noah plus Johnson or Noah works.

Noah only has one year left on his current contract, so who knows if the Nuggets want a player they aren't guaranteed to keep. So in order to alleviate some of Denver's concerns about Deng's contract, Noah might be added as the trump card. At least, that's what the Bulls are discussing amongst themselves right now.
Posted on: September 7, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 11:52 am

Report: D.J. Mbenga to sign with Denver

Posted by Royce Young

Don't everybody get all excited at once. But D.J. Mbenga is reportedly set to sign with the Nuggets according to Beligan media outlets (via The Hoop Market). If you're wondering, yes, Mbenga is Belgian.

The report says it's a one-year deal but numbers aren't included right now. Mbenga is 29 years old and has spent his last two full seasons with the Lakers, snagging two championship rings. He's been nothing more than a clean-up player, sometimes filling in for other injured Laker big men. The seven-footer has played six seasons in the NBA, spending time with Dallas and Golden State.

Mbenga is probably most famous from this YouTube clip involving Kobe Bryant, because other than that, he hasn't accomplished a ton. He never has been given much playing time during his six seasons and the situation is unlikely to be much different in Denver.

Last season, Mbenga appeared in 49 games and averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.
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