Lyles agreed Thursday with the Spurs on a two-year contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
After Marcus Morris reneged on his commitment with San Antonio and elected to join the Knicks, the Spurs turned their attention to Lyles as a replacement at forward. The 23-year-old offers a more youthful option than Morris and could have a better path to minutes in San Antonio than what existed on a deep Nuggets roster in 2018-19. Lyles appeared in 64 games for Denver last season, averaging 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.8 triples in 17.5 minutes per contest.
Lyles had his qualifying offer rescinded by the Nuggets on Monday and will now be an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This move was expected after the Nuggets traded for Jerami Grant on Monday to shore up their frontcourt depth, leaving Lyles as the odd man out in Denver. At just 23 years old, Lyles still boasts plenty of potential as a stretch four, but coming off a 2018-19 campaign where he shot just 25.5 percent from behind the arc isn't very encouraging. Regardless, Lyles should still have league-wide interest given his versatility in the frontcourt.
Lyles was extended a qualifying offer by the Nuggets on Saturday, making him a restricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lyles held a solid role with the Nuggets last season, playing in 64 games and seeing 17.5 minutes per appearance. However, his efficiency slipped compared to his first year in Denver. Despite that, the Nuggets are still interested in possibly bringing Lyles back. He'll be entering his age 23 season next year, and he's shown potential as a stretch forward with good rebounding ability.
Lyles managed 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes in the Nuggets' 115-108 loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Lyles received a rare turn with the starting five as a result of Paul Millsap getting the night off for rest. The 23-year-old had last scored in double digits back on Feb. 8, which was also the last game his minutes had exceeded the teens. Despite Sunday's opportunity, Lyles is likely to revert back to his modest second-unit role Tuesday versus his old Jazz squad.
Lyles is starting Sunday's game against Portland, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Lyles will get a shot to start with Denver electing to rest three of it's starts Sunday evening. The former first-round pick has started only one other contest this season.
Lyles (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not appear in Thursday's 113-108 win over the Wizards.
Lyles was cleared to play last Thursday against the Mavericks after missing nine games with a hamstring strain. However, he hasn't appeared in any of the three tilts since that point. Given that coach Michael Malone recently opted to shorten the team's rotation, it seems that Lyles has lost his spot in the rotation, at least for now.
Lyles (hamstring) is available for Thursday's game against the Mavericks, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Lyles has been sidelined for the last nine contests due to a left hamstring strain, but he'll be available off the bench for Thursday's clash. Prior to the injury, he averaged 11.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his previous six matchups.
Lyles (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Mavericks, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
A left hamstring strain has prevented the forward from participating in the Nuggets' past nine contests, but there is some optimism surrounding his recovery process, and he might be able to play Thursday. More information could emerge following the team's morning shootaround. If he's deemed active, there's a fair chance he'll be placed on a minutes restriction right out of the gate.
Lyles (hamstring) is unlikely to play in Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves, but could return to action either Thursday or Saturday, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
It appears Lyles will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday, but his absence could be over soon if things go well in practice over the next few days.
Lyles (hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Spurs and isn't expected to be available for the final two games of the road trip, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Lyles hasn't taken the court since Feb. 13 due to a left hamstring strain, and his return isn't imminent at this point. Although it's possible that he could come back sooner, it's looking like he'll remain on the shelf for at least the next three contests. The Nuggets should update Lyles' status as he nears full health.
Lyles (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Pelicans, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Lyles is set to miss his fifth-straight game Saturday. He doesn't appear to be overly close to returning to the floor as the Nuggets have continues to opt to rule him out far in advance of tipoff. Look for Juancho Hernangomez and to see a boost in minutes as long as Lyles remains out.
Lyles (hamstring) will remain out for Thursday's game against Utah, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
As was the case leading up to Tuesday's game against the Thunder, the Nuggets have already ruled Lyles out well in advance, which signals that he's likely not overly close to getting back on the floor. The Kentucky product will miss a fourth straight game, with his next chance to play arriving Saturday versus New Orleans.
Lyles (hamstring) will remain out Tuesday against the Thunder, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Lyles continues to nurse a hamstring strain, and the fact that Denver is already listing him as "out" well in advance of Tuesday night's game is an indication that he's not overly close to returning. Consider the Kentucky product day-to-day as Thursday's meeting with the Jazz approaches.
Lyles (hamstring) won't play in Saturday's game against the Clippers, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Lyles exited Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury and was initially expected to miss several games. He remains day-to-day but continues to appear to be on track to miss at least another week. As long as he remains out, Mason Plumlee, Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig figure to see a slight boost in minutes.
Lyles (hamstring) could be at risk of missing two weeks of game action, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
Word of Lyles' left hamstring strain first surfaced Wednesday, when the forward was forced to exit practice with the injury. The Nuggets have only ruled out Lyles for Friday's contest in Dallas and will presumably evaluate him on a day-by-day basis moving forward, but the 23-year-old appears on track for a multi-game absence. Lyles' lack of availability for at least Friday could open up slightly more run for some combination of Mason Plumlee, Juancho Hernangomez and Torrey Craig.
Lyles will not play in Friday's game against the Nuggets due to a left hamstring strain, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
It was originally unknown what caused Lyles to be listed as questionable for Friday's game, but it is now revealed that he left Wednesday's practice with a left hamstring strain serious enough to sideline him for at least one game. Juancho Hernangomez is in line to potentially see a larger role off the bench in Lyles' absence Friday.
Lyles (undisclosed) is questionable for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Lyles exited Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, leaving his status up in the air for Friday's game in Dallas. If he's unable to play, Juancho Hernangomez could benefit from an increased role off the bench.
Lyles contributed 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes Wednesday in the Nuggets' 135-130 loss to the Nets.
That's three strong games in a row for Lyles, who tallied 20 and 19 points in the previous two contests on identical 8-for-13 marks from the field. Lyles' hot shooting gives him a good case to remain more of a priority in the rotation than Juancho Hernangomez once Paul Millsap (ankle) and Gary Harris (groin) are cleared to play again, though Lyles' minutes would undoubtedly become more limited when the team is back to full strength.
Lyles finished with 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in 28 minutes Monday against Detroit.
Lyles led the bench in both points scored and minutes logged, piecing together back-to-back strong performances. He's drilled 61.5 percent of his shots (16-for-26) from the field over his previous two contests and has also been effective from three, converting on five of 12 attempts. While the 23-year-old has exceeded expectations of late, his 9.1 ppg and 4.2 rpg average on the season doesn't offer fantasy owners a ton of hope that he'll manage to keep up this level of production for much longer.
Lyles totaled 12 points (6-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 20 minutes in the Nuggets' 114-108 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Lyles turned in a solid effort versus his old squad, although his blanking from three-point range prevented his night from being even bigger. The fourth-year forward has now put together three straight double-digit scoring efforts, equaling his second-longest such stretch this season. Lyles' current role in the frontcourt rotation consistently affords him minutes in the high teens or low 20s on the majority of nights, making him a serviceable option in deep formats and a cost-effective DFS play.
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