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Sources close to the process say Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried have kept no secret of their discontent and unless the Nuggets can pull off something major on the coaching front or make a significant trade, both have indicated they’d rather see a trade instead of sticking around for a long rebuild. When Lawson is at the top of his game, he is among the best point guards in the NBA. Faried, at times, has shown glimpses of being a star-caliber frontcourt player. Both could be very attractive trade chips if Denver decides to pull the trigger. Basketball Insiders

Sources close to the process say Denver has had no shortage of inquiring calls, but the Nuggets have not indicated one way or the other if they’re ready to pull the trigger. The Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings are both said be high on Lawson. Basketball Insiders

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“We never tried to get away from playing fast,” Kroenke said. “We just weren’t playing very efficient. I think that was painfully obvious to anyone who watched. When I talk about the organizational fabric, the situations had gotten to a point where our fans… our fans deserve the best. They’ve been subject to a lot of things over the years — a couple of different styles of play, different players — we made it through the Carmelo (Anthony) saga. Now, we’re at a point where we really want to build a team that they are going to be proud of going forward, that can truly try to compete for something.” Denver Post

After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets' rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league's 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it's realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft. Denver Post

The goal, Kroenke stressed, is not to win 50 regular-season games and lose in the playoffs, but to relentlessly build a core of players in Denver, led by a legitimate star, that can pry open a window of opportunity to win it all. "We're going to be aggressive this summer as an organization, and continue to be aggressive until we feel we have the roster that can truly compete for something special," he said Thursday. Denver Post

While every young sports executive makes missteps, what concerns me about Kroenke isn't his intelligence or his diligence. It's the fact as a junior partner in his father's worldwide sports empire that young Kroenke's name has been plastered high in the organization chart of pro basketball, hockey and soccer franchises. That's a lot of balls, not to mention a bucket of pucks, to juggle. So I asked: As a sports executive, are you spread too thin? "Oh, man. That's a tough question," said Kroenke, pondering all that's expected from a curator of pro teams in a sports-crazy town. Then, he added: "I'm not spread too thin." Denver Post

May 21, 2015 Updates

Nuggets president Josh Kroenke said the team is progressing well in its search for a new head coach. "We've had several conversations with a lot of people," Kroenke said in an interview with The Denver Post on Thursday. "I think that it benefits us to talk to as many people as we can. We have some people in the back of our mind that we think would be great fits. I've talked to enough people, and going through the process before, your coaching hire is probably going to be your hardest hire because there's so much that goes into that role in today's sporting industry." Denver Post

 

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