October 20, 2020, 9:09 amJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
The Heat are expected to have an interest in Nuggets forward Jerami Grant in free agency, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Grant is coming off a strong playoff showing and is expected to opt out of his contract but him and the Nuggets share mutual interest in a return. The Heat will be looking to add a piece or two following an inspirational run to the Finals, but it’s doubtful they will offer more than one year to any free agent, which makes his pursuit seemingly unlikely to be successful. Grant is also said to be on the radar of the Pistons, the Mavs, the Hawks and the Suns and he could command between $14 million and $16 million per season on an open market that doesn’t have big names this year.
Source: Miami Herald
October 20, 2020, 8:48 amMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting that if the Nuggets make a bold move to upgrade their roster via a trade, it almost certainly won't be including Michael Porter Jr. in a deal, as he remains untouchable.
“In talking to teams around the league, the Nuggets have made it clear that Michael Porter Jr. is not available," said Brian Windhorst. "Do not ask." Porter averaged 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over 55 games as a rookie last year after sitting out the entire 18-19 season due to a back injury. He emerged in the bubble and had a nice showing early in the playoffs, unlocking more scoring options for Denver. The franchise is obviously very high on him and hopefully he will be a breakout fantasy candidate next year.
October 2, 2020, 12:55 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Mike Singer of the Denver Post is reporting that the Hawks, Pistons and Suns are all expected to have interest in Jerami Grant.
It's believed that staying in Denver is Grant's top choice but he may follow the money. There aren't a lot of teams with cap space to burn and many organizations are trying to keep the books clean for the 2021 offseason, but Grant will be one of the top players available. It's also entirely possible that teams make other trades to open up space, so the list of potential suitors is almost certainly longer than three. Grant fills a lot of holes on any roster and would certainly help the three listed here, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of salary he commands after putting together a strong run of play in the postseason.
Source: Denver Post
September 27, 2020, 1:22 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Mike Singer of the Denver Post has heard that Jerami Grant will decline his player option and opt out of his contract this summer, but has interest in staying with the Nuggets.
When asked about his future with Denver following Saturday's Game 5 defeat, Grant said, "I’m definitely looking forward to it. We’ll see how it goes.” Grant was slated to make $9.3 million next season but has earned far more than that, especially after his outstanding postseason run. An offensive explosion in last night's third quarter kept the Nuggets alive while Grant's defense on Kawhi Leonard helped them get through the second round. Singer's sources also said that Grant could command $14 – $16 million annually on the open market. Denver has some money to spend with Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee coming off the books so if they really want to retain Grant they'll have the space to make it happen.
Source: Denver Post
September 26, 2020, 11:52 pmMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris saw 28 minutes off the bench in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Lakers, rising to the occasion for 10 points (4-of-9 shooting), two rebounds and seven assists.
Morris served as an extra capable ball-handler and passer as Jamal Murray was playing hobbled by his right knee contusion. Morris soaked up extra minutes as coach Mike Malone benched an ineffectual Gary Harris, who had three points on 1-of-4 shooting with one triple, two rebounds and one assist in 13 minutes.
September 26, 2020, 11:49 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant filled the stat sheet on Saturday, stepping up for a hobbled Jamal Murray, to produce 20 points (7-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, two 3s, one assist, one steal and one block in a team-high 46 minutes.
Grant kept the Nuggets within striking distance thanks to his work on both ends of the floor in the third quarter. He was a big addition for them this season and should have a prominent role as an all-around Swiss army knife player for them when Paul Millsap (13 points, four rebounds, one 3, one assist) departs.
September 26, 2020, 11:45 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic was slowed by foul trouble in Saturday's Game 5 loss to the Lakers, but still managed to put up 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, one 3-pointer, five assists and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
The Nuggets' season is now over, but Jokic can go home with his head held up high, posting some impressive performances throughout the playoffs. He and Jamal Murray have proven to be quite the potent tandem and it looks like that the Nuggets are just a few healthy pieces shy of being truly dangerous title contenders down the road.
September 26, 2020, 11:41 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray was limping up and down the floor almost all game long on Saturday as he was bothered by the swelling of his right knee contusion but it didn't stop him from still producing 19 points on 7-of-17 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs.
Murray was a trooper, playing his heart out, knowing that there was no tomorrow if his team lost this game. He was clearly a shadow of his usual self, often deferring to his teammates to score as his knee issue kept him from doing most of his normal Jamal Murray things. Playing 43 minutes, Murray added four rebounds, eight assists, one steal and five turnovers, missing all four shot attempts from deep. Despite suffering a painful loss tonight, both physically and emotionally, Murray is looking primed for superstardom in fantasy basketball next season.
September 26, 2020, 8:42 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray (right knee contusion) will be starting for the Nuggets for Saturday's Game 5 vs. the Lakers.
It's not too surprising that Murray will give it a shot, since this is a do-or-die game for the Nuggets. Expect him to play his heart out in an attempt to keep the Nuggets' playoff hopes alive.
Source: NBA on Twitter
September 26, 2020, 5:39 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray (right knee contusion) has been upgraded to probable to face the Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Murray popped up on the injury report but seems highly likely to play. It is a must-win game for the Nuggets and they are going to need Murray to be at his best if they are to extend the series. Of course, this is familiar territory for the Nuggets and they are certainly going to leave it all on the floor on Saturday.
Source: NBA Injury Report
September 24, 2020, 11:43 pmJamal MurrayPG, Denver Nuggets
Jamal Murray couldn't lead the Nuggets past the Lakers in Thursday's 108-114 Game 4 loss with his 32 points, three boards, eight dimes and one block.
With the Lakers keying in on Nikola Jokic, Murray was able to get going early in the first quarter. When they threw traps at him early in offensive sets, Murray was able to adapt and attack earlier to get himself cleaner looks. The point is, Murray is a budding superstar and is having one of those breakthrough moments before our very eyes. The Nuggets are still big underdogs in this fight, but with Murray, they have a fighting chance.
September 24, 2020, 11:42 pmNikola JokicC, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two triples in Thursday's Game 4 against the Lakers.
Jokic was stifled in the first part of the game as Dwight Howard drew the start and imposed his physicality early. The Joker is known for shying away from shot attempts when things aren't going easy for him, but he stepped up a bit in the second half and started to hit some open 3s to open up the offense for the Nuggets. Expect him to come out much more aggressive in Game 5 now that he can prepare for Howard in the starting lineup.
September 24, 2020, 11:41 pmMichael Porter Jr.PF, Denver Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. scored 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go with eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and three 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 4 against the Lakers.
Porter Jr. had his shot going tonight, nailing some tough step-back 3s which makes it easier to play him considering his defensive weaknesses. The Lakers also deploy lineups with Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma which help his case for staying on the floor.
September 24, 2020, 11:41 pmJerami GrantSF, Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant scored 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting to go with two boards, an assist and two 3-pointers in Thursday's Game 4 vs. the Lakers.
Grant had another great game for the Nuggets and continues to draw coverage on LeBron James and Anthony Davis while maintaining a solid scoring role. He has a player option this summer, but he'll surely decline and command a great deal of money in the open market as every team could use a guy like Grant on their roster.
September 23, 2020, 12:31 amMonte MorrisPG, Denver Nuggets
Monte Morris was the Nuggets' top scorer off the bench on Tuesday with 14 points (5-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3PT), making an impact in their much-needed win in Game 3.
Morris was able to add just one rebound and one assist to the box score, but his 14 points in 20 minutes were a far superior effort than the seven points in 32 minutes that Gary Harris was to muster. Given Harris' struggles, guys like Morris will need to step up their game, similar to tonight, if the Nuggets want to advance to the NBA Finals.