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The Hornets have regretted signing guard Lance Stephenson to a free-agent deal over the summer and are trying to trade him. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and FOX Sports 1, the Hornets tried to deal Stephenson back to the Indiana Pacers. The Brooklyn Nets are another possibility. Also, I've heard the Denver Nuggets mentioned recently. FoxSports.com

A number of executives view the Denver Nuggets as prime sellers between now and the trade deadline, and it makes sense. The Nuggets are stocked with talented, reasonably priced role players, but they lack a single star player to carry them. Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov, both acquired in the Carmelo Anthony trade in 2011, have garnered a ton of interest, per rival executives. Bleacher Report

December 14, 2014 Updates

JaVale McGee's long injury saga has taken yet another negative turn. The Nuggets reserve center is expected to be out a "significant" amount of time after he aggravated a muscle near the tibia in which he had a stress fracture repaired, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said Sunday. "I heard six weeks at one point," Shaw said. "I don't know. I don't think he's anywhere close to coming back right now." Denver Post

The Cavaliers have also asked about Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, but were rebuffed. Denver would probably make JaVale McGee available, but no one would touch him and his $11 million contract. McGee is long and could be a major shot-blocker, but he doesn’t have the necessary mettle needed on a championship team. News-Herald

The Nuggets won't practice again until Tuesday, meaning if all goes well, Robinson's best chance for getting into a game likely will be Wednesday night against Houston at the Pepsi Center. "I had a pretty bad knee to the back," Robinson said. "It's probably one of the worst pains I've ever felt in live action, besides playing football. But me, if I'm not playing, I'm really hurt. That's my thing. I hate being out. I want to help this team get to win every game possible. I want to bring my energy, but I know my health is important. And I want to last in the league for a while. I'm not going to force a couple of games when my back's not right. So right now, I'm just day to day. Getting healthy is my main concern." Denver Post

December 13, 2014 Updates

It will not be a permanent move, Shaw said, but Faried will come off the bench for a second straight game tonight against the Rockets. Faried played well in that role on Wednesday night in the Nuggets win over Miami, scoring 13 points with eight rebounds in 22 minutes. He made 4-of-9 shots from the field. "Kenneth still got pretty good numbers coming in off the bench," Shaw said. "Not that it's going to be a permanent thing, but I just want to feel it out for a second." Denver Post

December 12, 2014 Updates

Teams continue to look at Denver as an appealing trade partner. While the Cavs have been trying to extract Timofey Mozgov, league sources say the Thunder have inquired about the availability of Wilson Chandler... Sports Illustrated

SI.com: Is the team and Brian Shaw on the same page? Ty Lawson: "I think so. At the end of the day, Brian just wants to win. We are all trying to figure out a winning formula. We all want to bring a championship to Denver. We want to run, but we have to have a little bit of both. In the playoffs, we have to slow it down. We have to execute in the half court. I like both styles. And we are versatile with our players. I like half-court basketball. You can hit them with action, decide where you want to go. I never played like this before." Sports Illustrated

"I know the player that I am," he said, "and I know what I can do being 100 percent. It's definitely frustrating." The Nuggets know the feeling. They've received little from their investment, and McGee at the moment gives them no leverage on the trade market. He makes $11 million this season, $12 million next. At this point, even if his health improves, the odds of McGee being more than a functional center appear steeper than the snowy peaks that surround Denver. The stagnation of McGee is partly to blame for the Nuggets being stuck in neutral (45-57 since winning 57 games in 2012-13). NBA.com

"It's tough," Gallinari said. "It's tough. It's a situation I've never been in before. And so what I'm doing is trying to focus on what I can control. And what I can control is to come in every morning, put in my work, be ready for games, and that's all I can do." Right now, however, Gallinari's steadily declining playing time is a moot point. He's sidelined for what he estimates will be at least the next two games — Saturday at Houston and Sunday at home against the San Antonio Spurs — while he deals with bone bruises in his right knee. Denver Post

And unlike his brash talking as a 17-year-old senior, Bryant did not share this standard with teammates. “Kobe never spoke of trying to surpass this guy or that guy. He just worked every day,” said Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, Bryant’s former teammate and assistant coach. “It’s not an accident he’s as good as he is. It didn’t just happen. He put in the time.” Now that he has, Bryant believes he has achieved something besides adding fuel to the comparisons with Jordan. Bryant carved his own identity. “We’ve had different career paths,” Bryant said. “But I feel a great sense of accomplishment having to carry on the two-guard legacy from Jerry to Michael to myself.” Los Angeles Daily News

For those who haven’t filled out their NBA All-Star ballots yet, according to this compelling argument from teammate Timofey Mozgov, Ty Lawson definitely deserves a vote. Mozgov released this video with a simple plea: “He’s a good dude, you’ve got to vote for him … and again have a good day and don’t drink and drive.” For The Win



Carmelo Anthony is way up there, but can't beat two legends from the run-and-gun teams of the 80's.


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