February 16, 2019, 10:29 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have agreed to extensions with president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and GM Arturas Karnisovas.
The Nuggets haven't reached the playoffs in the last five seasons but will surely end that streak this year. Their abundance of talent and depth currently has them in second place in the Western Conference although Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas have all been injured for much of the season. Their draft choices and player development over the years has been a big catalyst for this as one could look at Nikola Jokic and the breakout seasons of Jamal Murray, Torrey Craig, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley, all of them having been with Denver since their first day in the NBA.
Source: Denver Post
February 14, 2019, 1:08 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with 18 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal in Wednesday's 120-118 win over the Kings.
Jokic is a tiny bit under his ADP this season on a per-game basis, sitting in the No. 10 slot in standard leagues, but he has stayed on the floor and has been a fine pick for owners.
February 14, 2019, 1:06 amPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block over 31 minutes in Wednesday's home win over the Kings.
Millsap hit 1-of-2 from deep and 4-of-5 from the line, and aside from roasting Marvin Bagley he found himself in the right places at the right time for a big night. If your trading deadline hasn't passed, this is a big sell-high moment.
February 14, 2019, 1:04 amJamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray scored 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds and four assists over 31 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Kings.
With the Nuggets so deep these days and Murray both banged up and not finding his rhythm, it's been a rough season for folks that plucked him in the late early rounds of drafts. Hopefully he can get healthy over the break and re-establish some of his upside.
February 14, 2019, 1:03 amWill Barton - G - Denver Nuggets
Will Barton scored 13 points on 4-of-12 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes on Wednesday against the Kings.
Barton could use the All Star break to continue working on his conditioning, but he looked pretty quick out there in this one. The Nuggets have had their bench step up and that's slowing his ascension to his previous role, and there's some question he can get all the way to where he was with capable players ready to eat into his minutes. Hang tight and hope his talent level wins out.
February 14, 2019, 1:00 amIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas made his Nuggets debut on Wednesday against the Kings, scoring eight points on 3-of-6 shooting with two 3-pointers and two assists in 13 minutes.
Thomas played in a secondary role and made pretty good reads for most of his time on the floor. His flurry in the fourth quarter was a small key to the Nuggets win here, and he's going to have a solid coaching situation with Michael Malone in charge. If he can get above 20 mpg, then he's probably a threat for standard league value. It seems reasonable that he can get above that mark.
February 14, 2019, 12:58 amMonte Morris - G - Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes off the bench on Wednesday against the Kings.
With Isaiah Thomas (13 minutes) back it's going to be even harder for Morris to keep his head above water and owners in standard leagues can move on for greener pastures.
February 13, 2019, 11:16 pmMalik Beasley - G - Denver Nuggets
Malik Beasley has been ejected from Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Beasley said the magic words and got the gate, but not before dropping 21 points, four rebounds, a steal and two triples. He's worth holding until Gary Harris gets back to full strength and might even maintain some value thereafter.
February 13, 2019, 8:19 pmTyler Lydon - F - Denver Nuggets
Tyler Lydon has cleared the league concussion protocol and will be available for the Nuggets vs. the Kings on Wednesday.
Lydon is not much of a factor in fantasy on a stacked Nuggets roster. You leave him on the wire.
Source: Nuggets on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 1:59 pmIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas (hip) will make his season debut on Wednesday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Thomas said today that he'd be a game-time decision but Woj is hearing that he'll play. It's been a rough ride for IT since getting dealt out of Boston and he's been out for nearly a year after undergoing hip surgery. He's not an immediate add outside of very deep leagues but it's possible that Thomas does make some sort of impact down the stretch. Fantasy owners of Monte Morris and Malik Beasley should be keeping an eye on the type of minutes IT gets once he's fully healthy.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 1:08 pmIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas (hip) is a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.
Thomas seems to be leaning towards playing tonight but we won't know for sure until he goes through warmups. It's going to be awesome to see him get back on the court after nearly a year on the shelf. Fantasy owners can take a patient approach here as Thomas will surely be under heavy minutes restrictions at first.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
February 13, 2019, 8:09 amIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas practiced 5-on-5 again on Tuesday and he will make a determination about playing tonight earlier in the day, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Nearly a year after a hip procedure that has kept him sidelined, IT is on the verge of returning to the court. He will be joining a crowded rotation that includes Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley, Will Barton and Monte Morris so he is not a must-own player until we have an idea about his minutes and his condition. We’d also expect the Nuggets to monitor his minutes upon his return.
February 12, 2019, 6:02 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris (right adductor strain) will not play on Wednesday night.
The Nuggets will hold Harris out through the All-Star break, as expected. Malik Beasley has been fantastic with Harris sidelined and will make another start tomorrow. It's been a frustrating year for Harris, who has struggled to stay healthy, but he could be a nice buy-low option for the stretch run if you think he can avoid further injury.
Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter
February 12, 2019, 5:20 pmIsaiah Thomas - G - Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Kings.
Thomas was reportedly "very limited" at Sunday's practice, though he was able to participate in 5-on-5 work. This is the first time all season that Thomas has been listed as anything other than "out." Fantasy owners of Monte Morris or Malik Beasley shouldn't be sweating IT's return at the moment, as he'll likely be brought along slowly considering the amount of time he's spent on the sidelines. How things shake out when everyone is full strength remains to be seen.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
February 12, 2019, 3:09 pmMichael Porter Jr. - F - Denver Nuggets
In a radio appearance on Tuesday, Nuggets GM Tim Connelly didn't rule out Michael Porter Jr. (back) returning this season but also said he'd only play when he's 100 percent.
Porter has been doing non-contact work at practice but it still doesn't seem like he'll play this season. The Nuggets simply don't need to rush their top pick, as trying to integrate him into the rotation — assuming he can be cleared before the end of the season — might gum up the works for an already-successful team. Tracking Porter throughout the offseason and Summer League should be interesting, as a healthy MPJ would give the Nuggets another gifted offensive weapon.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter