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  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Nuggets coach Mike Malone said that Nikola Jokic "feels great" after suffering from the coronavirus and is expected to join the team in Orlando.

    It was reported in late June that Jokic tested positive for COVID-19. However, he was said to be feeling fine and could potentially play in games when they resume. The center has averaged 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 2019-20. Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee would see more playing time if Jokic is held out of action.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have had their practice facilities closed for several days after positive coronavirus tests were revealed.

    The report says that the Nuggets practice facilities have been shut down since Saturday after multiple positive coronavirus cases were revealed by party that is to travel to the Orlando bubble. This is a tentative situation that we must keep an eye on in the coming weeks

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Tyler Cook
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets are expected to sign power forward Tyler Cook as their substitute two-way player on Friday after promoting PJ Dozier to a standard NBA deal earlier this week.

    Cook was on a two-way contract with the Nuggets for preseason and training camp last summer but never appeared in a game for them, as he was released before the start of the season. The Cavs claimed him off the waiver wire and he signed two different 10-day deals with them during the regular season, spending most of his time between the G League (Canton and Oklahoma City) and the NBA. The Nuggets' signing of Cook will complete their roster for the upcoming NBA restart in Orlando.

    Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Mike Singer is reporting that after testing positive for COVID-19 in Serbia, Nikola Jokic is said to be feeling fine and showing no recognizable symptoms at this time.

    It is good to learn that Jokic is having a smooth recovery, although his travel plans will still be delayed as he preps to return to the US to take part in the resumption of the season. Jokic had been in excellent shape before coming down with the virus, and the Nuggets will be leaning heavily on him once play resumes. It is worth monitoring to see if the bout has any impact on his conditioning.

    Source: Mike Singer on Twitter

  • PJ Dozier
    PG, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets are converting PJ Dozier's two-way contract into a full NBA deal, per Shams Charania.

    Dozier has checked in for 21 appearances so far this season and will now occupy Denver's final roster spot. He might be someone for DFS players to know if the Nuggets end up resting some of their regulars when the short season resumes but that's about all there is to see from a fantasy perspective.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst are reporting that Nikola Jokic has tested positive for COVID-19 in Serbia, delaying his return to the US.

    Jokic is said to be asymptomatic and is expected to be cleared for travel within a week, but this is yet another reminder that the virus is in control of the NBA's restart — not the players or the league. Teams are said to be bracing for multiple positive tests as players follow the league's testing protocols, and while there is still time for currently ill players to recover fully, there's going to be plenty of questions raised about what will happen if someone inside the "bubble" tests positive once the NBA decides to move full steam ahead.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    According to head coach Mike Malone, Nikola Jokic has been staying in great shape during the lockout.

    Jokic has never been known for staying in shape, especially during the offseason, and it will be a legitimate surprise if he returns lighter than he was at the stoppage in play. He started the year on the slower side and was clearly looking behind out of the gate, but he was back to his usual first-round value by the time games came to a stop. He should be ready for action when the lockout comes to an end. His teammate Jamal Murray is claiming that Jokic now has a "little four pack".

    Source: The Athletic

  • Paul Millsap
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Relying instead on his personal basketball court, Paul Millsap has not been reporting to the Nuggets' facilities so that his teammates can put in extra practice time.

    Millsap has always been a professional, and it makes sense that the veteran would avoid the Nuggets' courts so that his younger teammates can take advantage of the increased floor time. He's been taking his workouts seriously during the quarantine, working on his strength and flexibility so that he returns stronger. He's been valuable in standard leagues thanks to his career-high free-throw shooting (.833), and while his game has no weaknesses, Millsap's ongoing decline in minutes (24 per game) will keep his upside in check.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jerami Grant
    SF, Denver Nuggets

    Jerami Grant is not expected to pick up his player option worth $9 million for the 2020-21 season with the Nuggets.

    It's not a surprise that Grant would be looking to test free agency at this point. Over the last two seasons, he has made significant advances as a 3-pointer shooter, and that development is critical in giving Grant the offensive value to compliment his defensive chops. Despite receiving 26.2 minutes per game in a crowded Nuggets' rotation, Grant has still had a productive campaign with 11.6 points on .471 shooting from the field, along with 1.4 3-pointers, 0.8 blocks, 0.7 steals and an upward trending .744 free-throw percentage. He'll be a popular free agent target and the Nuggets will have interest if Paul Millsap does not return, but wherever Grant ends up he is going to be a standard league player at a minimum.

    Source: The Athletic

  • CJ McCollum
    SG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Blazers star C.J. McCollum is among those who are skeptical of the league's decision to allow teams to reopen facilities in places (states) where it has been deemed ok to do so, with Portland evidently being one of the cities. The Blazers were able to open their facility on Friday.

    Some would say McCollum is correct in his assessment that it's very important to exercise caution with the coronavirus situation. “I get the measures [the league is] taking," McCollum said. "Is it really worth it? It’s either safe or it’s not.” He has a point but, nevertheless, the Cavs and Nuggets, along with the Blazers, were able to open up their facilities today for voluntary workouts. The head coaches are not allowed to be present while players are in the gym.

    Source: Chris Haynes on Yahoo Sports

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets will re-open their practice facility on Monday, not Friday, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

    The Nuggets, Blazers and Cavs were the first three teams with plans to open up their facilities but it appears as though Denver will take a few extra days to get things in order. It's expected that players will show up on a voluntary basis, with a maximum of four present at any one time. The Nuggets may have additional restrictions imposed by the organization rather than the league, as the Raptors announced earlier today.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowksi on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    According to Mark Medina, Nuggets coach Mike Malone has indicated that he's hearing it will take "at least a month of ramp-up time to get the guys back" and that he will host a Zoom meeting with his team and training staff on Wednesday to discuss when and if the season will resume.

    Malone's assessment represents one of the longer estimations we've heard from an NBA player, coach or executive over the past month or so regarding the potential amount of time it might take to get the players back up to speed and in shape before resuming the 2019-2020 season. There have been recent rumblings of athletic events being able to resume in late summer, so this would put August has a rough, best-case scenario for NBA games to return. By that point, there will likely be talks of cancelling the season altogether. The league may opt to come back stronger in 2020-2021 rather than scrambling to finish this season and piecing together next season. Sports fans still have quite the road ahead before live action can return in full force.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    Shams Charania reported on Saturday that the Nuggets are planning to promote assistant general manager Calvin Booth to the GM position.

    Booth looks to be the favorite to replace Arturas Karnisovas, who left to become the Executive VP of Basketball Operations for the Bulls. Having a GM hired quickly will help the Nuggets plan for the draft and the offseason. Luckily it looks like they are closing in on Booth for the position.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Michael Porter Jr.
    PF, Denver Nuggets

    Michael Porter Jr. said that his right ankle is now properly healed.

    Porter missed six games with a right ankle injury, and though he was able to play in nine of Denver's last 10 games (the absence was a DNP-CD) before the hiatus, he admitted that his ankle was still bothering him and he was playing through pain. MPJ flashed tremendous potential when given the appropriate minutes but it's going to be hard for him to hold fantasy value outside of deeper formats when the Nuggets are fully healthy — he topped 15 minutes just three times in those nine games. The silver lining of the league's suspension is that hurt and injured players are getting the chance to heal up, Porter included.

    Source: Denver Post

  • Nikola Jokic
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have announced that the person who tested positive for COVID-19 is now symptom-free.

    The team never said who tested positive, only that it was a member of the organization. The Nuggets have completed their 14-day quarantine, so hopefully all involved are able to remain healthy moving forward.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter