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March 3, 2014 Updates

Joffrey Lauvergne, 22, is looking like a keeper, playing in Serbia. Selected with the 55th pick in last year's NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies and traded to the Nuggets on draft night, the 6-foot-11 power forward and center is turning heads — quickly and impressively. "We thought he'd make a big jump," Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said. "We're lucky to see that the jump was so dramatic and he's competing at the highest level and he's doing really well. He's a good player. We really like his intensity. We like his focus. We like that he doesn't take plays off and how tough he is." And with a nice touch that reaches out to 3-point range, he has the tools to become a nice "stretch-four" for a Nuggets team that could use that kind of versatility in its frontcourt. The Nuggets hope to have the native of France in uniform at summer league this July. Denver Post

One of Lauvergne's best friends is Nuggets guard Evan Fournier. "The thing is in France, coaches don't play young guys for some reason," Fournier said. "I had a hard time playing my first year. So he was playing like 15 minutes (a game) overseas. Then he went to Partizan, the coach played him and he showed what he could do. I knew he was that good. He's just got to show it. There's a difference between knowing it and showing it." Denver Post

March 1, 2014 Updates

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Ty Lawson hasn't played in eight games and isn't returning to action Saturday night at Portland. When he's able to return from a fractured rib remains a question mark. But one thing's for certain, the Nuggets don't plan to shut him down. "No, I don't think so," coach Brian Shaw said Friday. "I think that you still want him to get back and play." Denver Post

"One thing that I've seen in his absence is that the guys kind of light up when he's out there," Shaw said of Lawson. "Not only on the court — when we're in the plane, we're on the bus, we're in the locker room, they kind of congregate around him. I think it's the same way on the court; they get a little bit more confidence when he's out there on the floor with them. That's something we're sorely missing right now." Lawson suffered the rib injury Feb. 8, late in the first half of a road game against Detroit. "When he's out there, it makes it easier for everyone else to do what they do, what their strengths are," Shaw said. Denver Post

February 25, 2014 Updates

A new, potentially harmful narrative arose out of a couple of radio interviews Nuggets coach Brian Shaw conducted this week — one that he hates his roster and vice versa. Not true, he insists. “I can’t remember who it was that asked me yesterday; he said ‘Would you have taken this job with the roster, if it was just the guys who are healthy and playing right now would you have taken this job?’” Shaw said. “I said, after interviewing for head coaching jobs as many times as I did, 11 times prior to this interview, and not getting a job, I said ‘Yeah, I most likely would have taken it.’ But the expectation and everything else would have been different, knowing if there wasn’t going to be Gallo, JaVale (McGee), Nate (Robinson) for half the season and the situation be what it is. “So, no, I don’t hate the roster. What I hate is having to beg guys to play. That simple. That shouldn’t be a part of what coaching should be. And circumstances are what they are. None of us asked for it.” Denver Post

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February 24, 2014 Updates

"In light of (NFL draft prospect) Michael Sam coming out with his announcement, there's more attention brought to the situation," Shaw said. "But Jason Collins has been a pro for a long time. He's played with most of the guys that have been in the league for a long time. Him coming out when he came out ... I don't think was a surprise to a lot of people. "I always view a basketball team or league as a subset of society anyway. Somebody's sexual orientation shouldn't come into play. If they're trying to win, if they are not trying to force whatever their beliefs are on you, it shouldn't be a problem." Denver Post

Kenneth Faried, the Denver Nuggets forward whose mother is a lesbian and who has become an activist for gay and lesbian rights, said in a statement released by the organization deemed Athlete Ally Response: "With Jason Collins signing with the Nets today, I believe our world as professional athletes will open up and become less ignorant of gay male athletes playing and more accepting and embracing of the whole situation." USA Today Sports

February 23, 2014 Updates

Tom Penn, a former NBA executive and now an ESPN analyst, sees a team with the ability to make moves. "They've just made contractual commitments to a number of players and they are sort of capped out for the near future," Penn said of the Nuggets. "So you either really like what you've got and just hold and wait for everybody to get healthy, or you look to get different. And they have a number of pieces they can move in order to get different." He mentioned 24-year-old forward Kenneth Faried as someone who might draw interest. "I would think there would be a ton of interest in him as young as he is and as impactful as he's been," Penn said. "The fact that McGee is hurt really hurts them, I think, because he would be somebody who would be intriguing on the market. (Team president) Josh Kroenke has done a nice job of adding players at good numbers, which always means they are tradeable. It means they are an asset instead of a log on your (salary) cap. So they have the flexibility to get different. The trick is how to get better." Denver Post

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