May 24, 2019, 11:32 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic said he plans to play for his home country Serbia during the 2019 FIBA World Cup this Summer.
“I am very pleased with everything I did in the NBA this season, I had a great year in which I performed at the All-Star Game and was selected in the NBA All-Star Five. For me, the cherry on top of this whole season would be a medal with the national team. I am fully prepared to do my best to achieve this goal”, said Jokic, confirming his participation. He will have a little bit of time to rest up, but Serbia is expected to compete against Angola, the Philippines and Italy starting on August 31. The miles will be a test for the big man, but one he has aced before.
May 21, 2019, 2:03 pmPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
When asked about Paul Millsap's impending team option, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said, “Paul is everything we hoped…I fully expect Paul to be back in a Nuggets uniform (next season).” Both sides want the same thing, Connelly said.
The Nuggets were 18th in NBA team salaries this season with Paul Millsap being the highest paid player on the team. The Nuggets have a tough call to make with Millsap's $30 million team option, as he is now 34 years old and has seen his numbers decline as a member of the Nuggets.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
May 16, 2019, 12:08 pmJuancho Hernangomez - F - Denver Nuggets
Juancho Hernangomez underwent successful core surgery on Thursday.
Hernangomez showed flashes at times this year but overall was a disappointment. Hernangomez did tell reporters back in January that his groin was bothering him so this could have played a role in his lackluster play this year. Hernangomez should be ready to roll come training camp.
Source: T.J. McBride on Twitter
May 14, 2019, 9:27 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic doesn’t know if he will play for Serbia this summer and a lot will depend on how he feels and what his family and his agent advise him to do.
“It’s a lot of games,” said Jokic, talking to reporters in exit interviews. The Joker had a tremendous season while helping his team advance to the Conference Semifinals and rest should be on the top of his agenda for now. The Serbian center has never been a regular for his national team and it’s likely that he opts to skip the World Tournament this summer instead of adding more miles to an already loaded season.
Source: Katy Winge on Twitter
May 13, 2019, 12:00 pmMichael Porter Jr. - F - Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. (back) has been fully cleared for contact and expects to participate in the Nuggets' Summer League.
The back injury is what caused Porter Jr. to drop so far during the draft, but after sitting out his rookie season Porter's back seems to have fully healed. This is the time to buy in Dynasty Leagues. Like Ben Simmons, Porter Jr. will be eligible to compete for rookie of the year next season.
Source: Harrison Wind on twitter
May 12, 2019, 7:22 pmPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap's postseason run ended on a sour note on Sunday as the Nuggets fell to the Blazers 96-100 in Game 7 with the big man chipping in 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and three blocks.
The 33-year-old Millsap had his fair share of big games in this series, but considering the wear and tear he's gone through in his career, that level of production was not likely sustainable. And it wasn't. He did his best on defense but eventually fouled out in this one. Given that he's in the twilight of his pro career, Millsap is a veteran worth fanding in pre-draft rankings for 2019-20.
May 12, 2019, 7:18 pmGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris scored an efficient 15 points (7-of-11 shooting) with six rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes of Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Blazers.
Harris had a rough 2018-19 campaign, seeing his production fall off due to a bag full of injuries that he had to deal with. He was beginning to feel more of himself in the postseason but it could have been a case of too little, too late. Hopefully, some rest over the summer will do him some good as he looks to bounce back stronger in 2019-20.
May 12, 2019, 7:09 pmJamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray shot a dismal 4-of-18 from the field but was a perfect 9-for-9 from the line to finish with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Blazers.
The knock on Murray's game is still his lack of consistency. He's risen to the occasion in several games with solid performances but that Murray was not present in this Game 7. He needs to game to slow down for him so he can avoid those ill-advised shots he tends to force. Hopefully, that will come in time, something Murray has a lot of now that the Nuggets' 2018-19 campaign is over.
May 12, 2019, 7:04 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic put up a valiant effort in Sunday's Game 7 loss to the Blazers, posting 29 points on 11-of-26 shooting with 13 rebounds, two assists, two 3s and four blocks.
Jokic played well in this series, so it's a shame that the Nuggets could not rally around their superstar center and pull out the win. His improved maturity in his fourth season as a pro is evident, making him a coveted top-10 asset in fantasy in 2019-20.
May 10, 2019, 9:06 pmWill Barton - G - Denver Nuggets
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo sports, Will Barton will not be suspended nor fined for his altercation with Seth Curry and will be available for Game 7 on Sunday.
It's do-or-die for both clubs on Sunday and the Nuggets can use all the help they can get. Barton has been hot and cold throughout this series and he'll need to bring his best game in Game 7, if the Nuggets are to advance to the Western Conference finals.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
May 10, 2019, 1:59 amGary Harris - G - Denver Nuggets
Gary Harris shot 4-for-11 from the floor for 15 points with three boards, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes during a 119-108 loss to the Blazers in Game 6 on Thursday.
Harris still doesn't look completely right since his injuries during the regular season. He showed flashes of his defensive prowess on the wing at times, but it wasn't enough to put away the Blazers for good. The Nuggets now travel home to defend their homecourt in a winner-take-all Game 7 against the Blazers on Sunday.
May 10, 2019, 1:53 amPaul Millsap - F - Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap shot 4-for-15 from the floor for 17 points with six boards, one assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Blazers in Game 6 on Thursday.
Millsap did well on the defensive end of the floor, but he couldn't hit shots on offense all night. The Nuggets never let the game get out of hand, but they just couldn't close the gap late. Millsap should get his shot falling at home for Game 7 on Sunday.
May 10, 2019, 1:48 amJamal Murray - G - Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray shot 7-for-20 from the floor for 24 points with 10 boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes on Thursday against the Blazers in Game 6.
Murray nearly played the entire game, putting up a Kyrie Irving stat line. The Nuggets always need a side contender for the most points on their team to match Jokic, so Murray stepped up and tried his best impression. The Nuggets get a second shot at closing out the Blazers on Sunday in Game 7.
May 10, 2019, 1:39 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic shot 10-for-15 from the field for 29 points with 12 boards, eight assists and two 3-pointers in a Game 6 loss on Thursday.
Jokic certainly did his part, nearly triple-doubling in 36 minutes. His services will be needed tremendously if the Nuggets want to defend home-court moving forward. The Nuggets will host Game 7 in Denver on Sunday.
May 8, 2019, 2:08 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic put up a huge double-double with 25 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 19 rebounds and six assists in 34 minutes during the Nuggets' decisive 124-98 Game 5 home win over the Blazers.
Jokic had 10 points and 10 boards at halftime and he just kept filling up the box score until he fouled out late in the game. Fantasy managers might notice his lack of supporting stats (no steals, blocks or threes), but it's tough to criticize excellent production in five categories for a center. Jokic and the Nuggets can punch a ticket to the Western Conference Finals with a win in Portland on Thursday night.